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    spend money "to do" or spend money "doing"

    I know the pattern for "spend" is normally "spend money doing" not "spend money to do".

    For example, you'd say, "Yesterday, I spent money buying two bags."

    However, the "to + base verb" can also be used to talk about "purpose".

    For example, I'm going to the shops to buy some shoes - the purpose of going to the shops is to buy some shoes.

    Is there thus any way you could use the "to + base verb" pattern after "spend money"

    For example, "The people should spend more time to improve their English" or "The government should spend more money to help the poor people"?


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    Re: spend money "to do" or spend money "doing"

    Yes. Your last example is particularly good.

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