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    gramma questions

    can some tell me in what situation the verb after "to" should be turned into ing form not original form.

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    Re: gramma questions

    The short answer is when “to” is NOT a marker of an infinitive but a preposition. In “I want to go home,” to go is an infinitive and not a preposition and therefore the base form of the verb go is used after it. In “I look forward to seeing you,” to is a preposition and hence the –ing form (gerund) of the verb see is used. A gerund is verbal noun or verb-noun. It is governed by the preposition to and takes you as the object.

    More examples:

    I like reading (* to reading) poetry.
    I like to read (* to reading) poetry.
    I have an aversion to swimming (*swim).


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    Re: gramma questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    The short answer is when “to” is NOT a marker of an infinitive but a preposition. In “I want to go home,” to go is an infinitive and not a preposition and therefore the base form of the verb go is used after it. In “I look forward to seeing you,” to is a preposition and hence the –ing form (gerund) of the verb see is used. A gerund is verbal noun or verb-noun. It is governed by the preposition to and takes you as the object.

    More examples:

    I like reading (* to reading) poetry.
    I like to read (* to reading) poetry.
    I have an aversion to swimming (*swim).
    even though i know these rules, i still don't know how to differatiate when it's infinite and when it's prepositon. can you give me some more specific details about it.

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