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    #1

    when to use "ing"

    An energy-saving alternative to using dryers is to dry your clothes out on a clothesline.

    Would it be grammatically incorrect if I write the underlined word in the above sentence without "ing"?
    For example, An energy-saving alternative to use dryers is to dry your clothes out on a clothesline. THANKS

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    #2

    Re: when to use "ing"

    Quote Originally Posted by greenhouse View Post
    An energy-saving alternative to using dryers is to dry your clothes out on a clothesline.

    Would it be grammatically incorrect if I write the underlined word in the above sentence without "ing"?
    For example, An energy-saving alternative to use dryers is to dry your clothes out on a clothesline. THANKS
    Your alternative is unnatural. You should say "to the use of dryers" rather than "to use dryers".

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    #3

    Re: when to use "ing"

    Yes. It's incorrect without -ing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: when to use "ing"

    That structure is: alternative + to + noun (phrase)/gerund (phrase).
    It is not: alternative + infinitive.

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