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    For + verb ing / to + verb (infinitive)

    Hello! I'd like to know the difference between "for obtaining" and "to obtain".

    For example: a method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information

    Thanks in advance (:

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    Re: For + verb ing / to + verb (infinitive)

    I'm not sure if there is a difference in meaning at all but the second one seems to be much more common.
    Google hits:
    "is important for obtaining" 4,250,000
    "is important to obtain" 158,000,000

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    Re: For + verb ing / to + verb (infinitive)

    Welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by msilverio View Post

    For example: 'A method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information.'

    Thanks in advance (: Unnecessary. Just click 'Thank' in the bottom left-hand corner of any reply you find helpful. Don't use home-made emoticons to replace standard punctuation marks: if you must use a smiley, click on and choose from the available options.

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    Re: For + verb ing / to + verb (infinitive)

    Quote Originally Posted by msilverio View Post
    For example: "A method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information."
    In this case, the meaning is the same and either can be used.

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