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    Cool To + ing

    When do we use "TO" + a participle "ing" verb.
    I like to use this pattern in my essays, but am not sure of it's use.

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    Re: To + ing

    Could you give us a few examples?

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    Re: To + ing

    I think he means something like this:

    "Sleeping well is necessary to sustaining a happy life."

    I would like to know the rule for such constructions as well.

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    Smile Re: To + ing

    Here is an example taken from from (Wikipedia):

    The government has recently, after much delay, devoted substantial resources to fighting the epidemic.

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    Re: To + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    Here is an example taken from from (Wikipedia):

    The government has recently, after much delay, devoted substantial resources to fighting the epidemic.
    Ah, I see. The verb and the adjective are the key:

    Verb Ex: devote + something + to something.
    Adjective: Ex: necessary + to/for something.

    The word to is not a particle (i.e., part of a to-infinitive; e.g., to go). It's a preposition, and in our examples above it takes a noun, specifically a gerund (i.e., fighting; sustaining) as its object.

    Does that help?

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    Re: To + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Ah, I see. The verb and the adjective are the key:

    Verb Ex: devote + something + to something.
    Adjective: Ex: necessary + to/for something.

    The word to is not a particle (i.e., part of a to-infinitive; e.g., to go). It's a preposition, and in our examples above it takes a noun, specifically a gerund (i.e., fighting; sustaining) as its object.

    Does that help?

    I did not understand:(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    I did not understand:(
    No worries. Tell me what you don't understand about my explanation, and we'll start from there.

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    Wink Re: To + ing

    Thank you. I gedit.
    But, why have you written "Does that help" and not " does this help".
    I think that that might have a reference to the past!!

    Thankyou anyway.

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    Re: To + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    No worries. Tell me what you don't understand about my explanation, and we'll start from there.
    For example, why can't we say "...necessary to sustain a happy life" , or "... to going..." for that matter?

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    Re: To + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    For example, why can't we say "...necessary to sustain a happy life"...?
    But you can. Like this, right?

    [1] Sleeping well is necessary (in order) to sustain a happy life.

    [2] Sleeping well is necessary for/to (doing this =>) sustaining a happy life.

    Note that, to sustaining reads awkward to me, which is why I added for.

    Does that help?

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