#EngGrammar: To + Gerund

Hey, fellas! Did anyone have a wicked Wednesday like I did today? ;)
Well, it was wicked because I just lost my cellphone. However, I believe meeting you on twitterland will make my day a bit better!
Let’s not talk about my cellphone and talk about English! You know every language has rules to follow. So does English. One of the common rules is that ‘to’ must be followed by ‘infinitive.’
However, there’s always an exception to the rule in English! Does anyone know how ‘to’ can be followed by ‘gerund’ or ‘V+ing?’
Here are three situations in which you can use a gerund after the preposition to:
1) If the ‘to’ is part of ‘a phrasal verb or verb + preposition’ combination.
“I look forward to meeting you tomorrow!”
“My neighbor confessed to stealing our car.”
Remember, not every verb + preposition combination is a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both, the meaning of which is different from the meaning of its separate parts.
2) If the ‘to’ is part of ‘an adjective + preposition’ combination.
“I am addicted to drinking coffee.”
“Doctors are committed to making the patients better.”
3) If the “to” is part of “a noun + preposition” combination.
“Her reaction to winning the award was priceless!”
“Taylor Swift’s devotion to helping her fans touched a lot of people.”
Remember, you can use to + gerund, but the ‘to’ MUST be a preposition that is part of a combination. You CANNOT say, “I want to going shopping” or “She likes to watching movies.”
The next question is: how do I know what which combinations include ‘to?’ Well, there is no easy answer. You just have to get used to it by reading, listening, or watching movies in English.
Does anyone want to give some other examples of a gerund used after preposition ‘to?’ Mention us and we’ll RT.
That’s all for tonight. We know you can’t get enough of English so, don’t forget to visit our website: englishtips4u.com for more!


Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 8 Aug, 2015.

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