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    grammar

    Difference between:
    To kill bacteria, boil water for ten minutes
    and
    For killing bacteria, boil water for ten minutes.

    Is there a difference in meaning, is one of the two uses incorrect ?

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    Re: grammar

    I wouldn't use the second; I'd use for + noun phrase not the gerund there.

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    #3

    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't use the second; I'd use for + noun phrase not the gerund there.
    But that's not to say that you can never use 'For +gerund'.

    For catching fish, a rod and line are often used.

    But

    People often use a rod and line to catch fish.

    (In each case you could use the other verb form too. I'm not sure of the principle here. Anyone )

    b

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