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    #1

    his gun for shooting...

    Which are correct:

    1) I saw his gun to shoot alligators with.
    2) I saw his gun to shoot alligators.
    3) I saw his gun for shooting alligators.

    4) The move with the bishop shows his strategy to win the game with.

    5) The move with the bishop shows his strategy to win the game.
    6) The move with the bishop shows his strategy for winning the game.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: his gun for shooting...

    I don't find any of the first three natural. The first two certainly don't work. The third could be used at a stretch. However, I would say "I saw the gun he uses/used to shoot/hunt alligators".

    4-6 are OK though my preference is for 6. I'd say "His move with the bishop shows his game-winning strategy", assuming that the same strategy had previously used to good effect (to win lots of games).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: his gun for shooting...

    We call a specialist gun for killing elephants an elephant gun, so it could be an alligator gun, or the gun he shoots alligators with if it's a regular gun he uses for that purpose..

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