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    approach to

    When do we use gerund after "approach to"?

    "In this paper 1, we present a new approach to construct multicast trees in MPLS networks."

    "The Multitrait-Multimethod Matrix (hereafter labeled MTMM) is an approach to assessing the construct validity of a set of measures in a study."
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    Re: approach to

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    #3

    Re: approach to

    I agree. The first sentence above isn't natural.

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    Re: approach to

    To make a special strawberry cake, I use a new approach.
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    I use a new approach to making a special strawberry cake.

    Are they same?

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    #5

    Re: approach to

    They mean the same thing. The second is simpler, more direct, and preferable in most circumstances.
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    #6

    Re: approach to

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They mean the same thing. The second is simpler, more direct, and preferable in most circumstances.
    Do I need to use Ving for sentence one? To making..... Because the second sentence is Ving.
    Thank you for your help and corrections!

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    Re: approach to

    Sentence 1 is correct as written.
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    Re: approach to

    I think 'to' means 'in order to' in sentence 1, so the infinitive is correct after it.
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    Re: approach to

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'to' means 'in order to' in sentence 1, so the infinitive is correct after it.
    If so, then yes, but it doesn't make sense when read like that, as identifying a purpose. That would be like saying that constructing multicast trees is the purpose of the presenting of the approach.

    But the sentence is obviously referring to a new way of doing something, i.e, constructing multicast trees. There's no need, then, to use any language of purpose.

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