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"10 rules to making a good superhero flick."
this is the headline of and article on a web newspaper. Why it is "making" instead of "make", please? After the preposition "to" should not we always use the verb in the infinitive tense?
Ron's explanation is as good as any. The writer chose that form.
Actually, it’s the other way round: As you probably know, “to”, represents two different parts of speech,
1 it can be part of the infinitive, or
2 it can be a preposition
When it is a preposition, it is followed by a noun, pronoun or else –ing (not the infinitive form!)
How to know when it is a preposition? Thomson and Martinet* suggest the following rule of thumb:
“A good way of finding out whether a to is a preposition or part of an infinitive is to see if it is possible to put a noun/pronoun after it. For example, a noun/pronoun could be placed after I am accustomed to: I am accustomed to it/the dark.”
Could you please provide a few examples of how to use ''to'' followed by ''verb+ing'' ? I am aware of the ''I am used'' and ''I get used'' expressions, that require this kind of ''to'' but I mean other situations, please.
Here are some more examples of verbs followed by to as a preposition + a verb in –ing (i.e. a gerund in this case):
1 Check this box if you object to being contacted by email.
2 Some English people have resorted to pulling out their own teeth because they cannot find -- or cannot afford a dentist (internet)
3 When you declare your feelings of love and affection for another, you expose yourself to being hurt.
4 He …, carried his suitcase upstairs and unpacked with the care of a man accustomed to living alone. (internet)
*A.J.Thomson and A.V. Martinet, “A Practical English Grammar”, Fourth Edition, 260A