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    When do you use the preposition "to" before the main verb?

    I don't understand when I must use the preposition "to" before the main verb. Are there some rules about this?

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    Re: When do you use the preposition "to" before the main verb?

    Not really- we can use to do/do/doing, and I am afraid that it is largely a question of experience and dictionaries.

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    Re: When do you use the preposition "to" before the main verb?

    Many grammarians refer to the 'to' you are talking about as a particle, a to-particle or simply part of the to-or full infinitive rather than as a preposition. This may seem to be a quibble, but is relevant when we think of the obvious preposition in such forms as:


    I look forward to seeing you soon.
    Peter is used to working long hours now.
    I prefer cycling to rowing.


    It's a (to-) particle / part of the full infinitive in:


    I hope to see you soon.
    Peter used to work long hours.
    I prefer to eat in non-smoking restaurants.

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