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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    key to V; key to Ving

    Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/qu...ash157103.html
    Being good is the key to earning praise.
    http://english.nhsh.tp.edu.tw/p21-10.htm
    What's the difference between key to V and key to Ving?
    http://www.englishteachermelanie.com...used-after-to/
    Last edited by sitifan; 15-Nov-2016 at 21:44.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: key to V; key to Ving

    The meaning is the same. Carver was thinking of "key" as a part of a phrase like Education is the key that unlocks the golden door of freedom.

    Nowadays you'll usually hear the noun+to verbing construction.
    I am not a teacher.

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