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    to (-ing or infinitive)

    Today when I read Snoopy, I found the following sentence (said by Charlie Brown):

    What would you say if I told you I was going to devote the rest of my life to making you happy?

    I don't understand why the verb "make" after "to" is in -ing form (i.e. to making you happy). Isn't it the case that the base form of a verb should be used after "to"?


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    Re: to (-ing or infinitive)

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcgordon View Post
    Today when I read Snoopy, I found the following sentence (said by Charlie Brown):

    What would you say if I told you I was going to devote the rest of my life to making you happy?

    I don't understand why the verb "make" after "to" is in -ing form (i.e. to making you happy). Isn't it the case that the base form of a verb should be used after "to"?
    making you happy is a gerund phrase acting as a noun, the object of the preposition "to"

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    Re: to (-ing or infinitive)

    Oh, I see. The "to" here is a preposition, but not an infinitivial "to". That's why the verb "make" should be in "ing" form.

    Thanks for your explanation, Naamplao.

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