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    making or make?

    "10 rules to making a good superhero flick."

    hi,
    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?
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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "10 rules to making a good superhero flick."

    hi,
    this is the headline of an 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?
    thanks.
    Obviously not.


    There are times when "to make" makes more sense ("How to make a good-looking cabinet"), and there are times when "to making" makes more sense (as in the above example).


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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "10 rules to making a good superhero flick."

    hi,
    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?
    thanks.
    Hi jctgf,

    I would say that you are right, I think it should read; "10 rules for making a good superhero flick" though, I don't think that "10 rules to make ..." sounds very good in this sentence, even if it is grammatically correct.

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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi jctgf,

    I would say that you are right, I think it should read; "10 rules for making a good superhero flick" though, I don't think that "10 rules to make ..." sounds very good in this sentence, even if it is grammatically correct.
    Good point! I think "10 rules for making...." is preferable.

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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Obviously not.


    There are times when "to make" makes more sense ("How to make a good-looking cabinet"), and there are times when "to making" makes more sense (as in the above example).


    hi,
    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.
    thanks.

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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    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.
    thanks.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    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.
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    Hi jctgf,
    Apart from your examples, "I am used". "I get used", or indeed, "Iwas used", I can't think of any of any other example of to followed by verb+ing.

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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi jctgf,
    Apart from your examples, "I am used". "I get used", or indeed, "Iwas used", I can't think of any of any other example of to followed by verb+ing.
    could you please explain why the headline in the original post uses the ''ing'' form? is it a mistake?
    thanks


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    Re: making or make?

    No.

    Ron's explanation is as good as any. The writer chose that form.


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    Re: making or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    After the preposition "to" should not we always use the verb in the infinitive tense?
    thanks.
    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.
    thanks.

    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

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