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    Post "To become" versus "To becoming"

    Hello everybody,

    I read a following sentence in my English course book:

    "The road to becoming president of united states is not am easy one."

    I know that "To" is followed by infinitive not gerund.

    I think we should say "to become" not "to becoming"

    why is here it is followed by gerund.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: "To become" versus "To becoming"

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmadm91 View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I read a following sentence in my English course book:

    "The road to becoming president of united states is not am easy one." Did your course book really not capitalise the letters I have underlined, and did it really contain "am" instead of "an"?

    I know that "to" is followed by an infinitive not a gerund. I think we should say "to become", not "to becoming". Why is here it "to" is followed by a gerund here?

    Thanks in advance.
    First, please look at my comments and corrections above.

    "becoming" is correct. The word "to" isn't always followed by an infinitive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "To become" versus "To becoming"

    'The road to something'—quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionar...d-to-something
    When a dictionary reads 'to something', a noun/gerund (phrase) rather than an infinitive should be used after 'to'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "To become" versus "To becoming"

    If you change it to use a noun phrase, you still use to, showing it's a preposition coming after road:

    The road to the presidency of the US...

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    Re: "To become" versus "To becoming"

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmadm91 View Post
    I read the following sentence
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