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    Several grammar questions

    I am struggling with the problem on when do we use gerund after "to". I have read the following sentences but I cannot
    understand the reason why either bare infinitive or gerund can be used after "to"

    1) Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, Professor X taught at HKUST.

    2) The course aims to expose students to different fields of psychology.


    Also, I wonder if "upon" and "on" can be used interchangeably. I perceive "upon" a far more formal version of "on".

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    Re: Several grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    I am struggling with the problem on when do we use the gerund after "to". I have read the following sentences but I cannot understand the reason why either both the bare infinitive or and the gerund can be used after "to".

    1) Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, Professor X taught at HKUST.

    2) The course aims to expose students to different fields of psychology.

    You can't simply look at a preposition and know what will come after it. The rest of the sentence is important. For example, "Prior to" is always followed by the gerund (or by a noun/pronoun).

    Note my corrections in red above.

    Also, please stick to one question per thread. Please start a new thread for your question about "upon" versus "on".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Several grammar questions

    Is it redundant or grammatically incorrect to write "I am struggling with the problem on when do we use the gerund after "to"."?

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    Re: Several grammar questions

    I am struggling with the problem on when do we use the gerund after "to"."

    not a teacher

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    Re: Several grammar questions

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    Is it redundant or grammatically incorrect to write "I am struggling with the problem on when do we use the gerund after "to"."?
    Yes, it is grammatically incorrect. Your sentence was not a question so you didn't need to use "do we use".

    When do we use the gerund after "to"?
    I don't understand when we use the gerund after "to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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