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The use of 'ing' after 'to'



 
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The use of 'ing' after 'to' #1 (permalink) Tue Jan 15, 2008 17:05 pm   The use of 'ing' after 'to'
 

Hi

Could you please tell me about a few unusual places where there is "ing' after 'to'. The following ones are common, I suppose.

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Look forward to hearing ...
Got round to doing...


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The use of 'ing' after 'to' #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:22 am   The use of 'ing' after 'to'
 

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I don't think there is a list anywhere; maybe you could start one-- but I think it would be very long:

Be limited to doing
Be accustomed to doing
Have an aversion to doing
Set to doing
An approach to doing
Go back /Return to doing
Get a guidebook to doing
The steps to doing
Be/Get used to doing
Pay attention to doing
Be committed / Commit to doing
Get around to doing
Admit to doing
etc.
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The use of 'ing' after 'to' #3 (permalink) Thu Jan 17, 2008 18:18 pm   The use of 'ing' after 'to'
 

I am grateful, MM.

How do you find the following?

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1- And that pushed me to establishing my own school.

2- After that ugly accident, she became very limited to sharing anything wiht me.


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The use of 'ing' after 'to' #4 (permalink) Thu Jan 17, 2008 20:42 pm   The use of 'ing' after 'to'
 

Hi Tom,

I'd rephrase them as: '.. pushed me into establishing ...'

'She became very selective in/about sharing ..'

I offer these alternatives because your examples, I fear, don't quite make it.

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The use of 'ing' after 'to' #5 (permalink) Thu Jan 17, 2008 23:47 pm   The use of 'ing' after 'to'
 

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Yes, the structures don't work that way, Tom. Many of them require a precise structure. These should read:

1- And that pushed me into establishing / to establish my own school.

2- After that ugly accident, she was limited to using a wheelchair.
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