[General] For + verb ing / to + verb (infinitive)

msilverio

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Hello! I'd like to know the difference between "for obtaining" and "to obtain".

For example: a method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information

Thanks in advance :)
 

AirbusA321

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I'm not sure if there is a difference in meaning at all but the second one seems to be much more common.
Google hits:
"is important for obtaining" 4,250,000
"is important to obtain" 158,000,000
 

Rover_KE

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Welcome to the forum.

For example: 'A method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information.'

[STRIKE]Thanks in advance :)[/STRIKE] Unnecessary. Just click 'Thank' in the bottom left-hand corner of any reply you find helpful. Don't use home-made emoticons to replace standard punctuation marks: if you must use a smiley, click on :) and choose from the available options.
 

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For example: "A method is important for obtaining/to obtain accurate information."
In this case, the meaning is the same and either can be used.
 
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