I would use "in" after both uses of "lock". But it might be OK without it.
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I found this sentence on a website.
U.S. beats Germany, 2-0, to lock a spot in Sunday’s championship.
I'd like to know whether the "to lock" in this sentence can be replaced with "locking"? Just like:
U.S. beats Germany, 2-0, locking a spot in Sunday’s championship.
If the answer is positive, what's the difference?
The thread title is '"to do" or "doing" as adverbial'.
I think 'to lock' and 'locking' function as an adverb modifying 'beats' and an adjective modifying 'U.S.' respectively, but I am not a teacher.