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    Hello folks!

    I need your help, again!

    Look at the sentence below:

    "At this time, the full resources of Colgan Air's accident response team are being mobilized and will be devoted
    to cooperatingwith all authorities responding to the accident, to contacting family members, and to providing assistance to them."

    Why has it written by using to + ing? Is there any rule to it? Could I use "to cooperate, to contact and to provide", instead?

    Thank you.

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    Re: TO + ing

    Hello,
    Please note I'm not a teacher; I hope I might help.

    Take the following sentence :
    Thank you for taking the time and come to see us, for bringing that tasty cake, .....for +ing

    In yours sentence is the same rule: devoted to is a phrasal verb and to is a preposition (particle) so it's followed by +ing form.

    Cheers;
    Last edited by Jaskin; 15-Feb-2009 at 15:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Please note I'm not a teacher; I hope I might help.

    Take the following sentence :
    Thank you for taking the time and come to see us, for bringing that tasty cake, .....for +ing

    In yours sentence is the same rule: devoted to is a phrasal verb and to is a preposition (particle) so it's followed by +ing form.

    Cheers;
    Thanks for answering.

    I understand when I must use for + ing, however I'm still confused about using to+ing...

    Is there a rule?

    Falcon

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    Re: TO + ing

    Hello
    Note I'm not a teacher;

    If there is a rule I'd like to know it too;

    There are two different patterns that might be confusing :
    Verb + infinitive;
    He decided (verb )+ to go(infinitive);

    PhrasalVerb + ing;
    He goes on(phrasal verb) + living(verb in the -ing form) like that.

    In the example you gave devoted to is a phrasal verb the "to" is part of it.
    I could have thought of only a few phrasal verbs which have "to" as its part; so I looked up for them then here you are :

    Look forward to
    attach to
    get down to
    resort to
    resign yourself to
    revert to
    stoop to
    take to
    witness to
    devoted to


    I think the only way is to learn the phrasal verbs.

    Cheers;
    Last edited by Jaskin; 15-Feb-2009 at 19:47.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello
    Note I'm not a teacher;

    If there is a rule I'd like to know it too;

    There are two different patterns that might be confusing :
    Verb + infinitive;
    He decided (verb )+ to go(infinitive);

    PhrasalVerb + ing;
    He goes on(phrasal verb) + living(verb in the -ing form) like that.

    In the example you gave devoted to is a phrasal verb the "to" is part of it.
    I could have thought of only a few phrasal verbs which have "to" as its part; so I looked up for them then here you are :

    Look forward to
    attach to
    get down to
    resort to
    resign yourself to
    revert to
    stoop to
    take to
    witness to
    devoted to


    I think the only way is to learn the phrasal verbs.

    Cheers;
    Hmmmm..., now you gave me an interesting explanation. I have to think it as being a phrasal verb; it makes sense.

    I'll study it.

    Once again, thank you.

    Falcon

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hmmmm..., now (you gave me) 'have given me' would be appropriate here, do you know why? an interesting explanation. I have to think it as being a phrasal verb; it makes sense.

    I'll study it.

    Once again, thank you.

    Falcon
    Bhai.

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    By adding "ing" in such illustrated sentences, the verb becomes a gerund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Why has it written by using to + ing? Is there any rule to it? Could I use "to cooperate, to contact and to provide", instead?

    Thank you.

    Falcon
    To clarify my previous post:

    Try saying the sentence in the way you have illustrated the words here. It doesn't 'span' properly. These verbs would need further conjugation, because you're illustrating what will be done, but not sufficiently clarifying the specifics of who will carry them out. By converting the verb to a gerund (adding 'ing') you make the words generally informative and redundant of conjugation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geishawhelk View Post
    To clarify my previous post:

    Try saying the sentence in the way you have illustrated the words here. It doesn't 'span' properly. These verbs would need further conjugation, because you're illustrating what will be done, but not sufficiently clarifying the specifics of who will carry them out. By converting the verb to a gerund (adding 'ing') you make the words generally informative and redundant of conjugation.
    Yes... you are right. It doesn't sound cool if conjugated in that way.

    I can see I'll have to study a lot to perceive those differences...

    Thank you all. Nowadays, I've been studying English on my own and you are helping me a lot!

    Falcon

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    #10

    Re: TO + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hello folks!

    I need your help, again!

    Look at the sentence below:

    "At this time, the full resources of Colgan Air's accident response team are being mobilized and will be devoted
    to cooperatingwith all authorities responding to the accident, to contacting family members, and to providing assistance to them."

    Why has it written by using to + ing? Is there any rule to it? Could I use "to cooperate, to contact and to provide", instead?

    Thank you.

    Falcon
    1. You don't need all those tos! Keep the first to and dump the rest. Either way is grammatical, but using all those tos is cumbersome.

    2. The first (original) version is right. The second (edited) is wrong.

    You could say "...and will cooperate..." and so on. But once the writer says "devoted to," we have to assume that someone is devoted to something. To name what that thing is, a noun is needed. To turn a verb into a noun, we add ing.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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