English Grammar


to + gerund

Here is guide to fixing your finance.
We are available 24 hours a day to chatting with you.


Who would be so kind as to explain me the rules that govern this link [to + gerung]?


I'm looking forward to reading your opinion.

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  • From Gee:
    Here is guide to fixing your finance.
    We are available 24 hours a day to chatting with you.


    Who would be so kind as to explain me the rules that govern this link [to + gerung]?


    I'm looking forward to reading your opinion.

     
  • Hello Gee,


    in my humble opinion:


    1. a guide needs that "to", e.g. a Guide to Family Health.
    The gerund is ambiguous in its functions, it has the qualities
    of a noun and a verb together.
    2. "to" can be part of an infinitive (to do), but it is also a
    a preposition. When "to" as a preposition is followed by a verb
    you must use the ing-form: a guide to fixing your finance,
    available to chatting with you.


    I hope you are fine after that 24 hours marathon chat.




    (CW)
  • Be you thanked, Gwendo, you're always at the ready to help! I couldn't manage to have a marathon chat so far, as you are the one and only replying to my call.


    Well copied about the preposition TO which I mustn't mistake for an infinitive particle!


    TO coming after the guide.
    As I can use a guide to Germany, I also can hire a guide to leading me through an exhibition of works by Dürer.
    That 'leading' would be the name of the action of leading.


    There is something that leaves me peeved: may that gerund coming for a name be replaced by an infinitive?
    I need a guide to leading me through the trickeries of English.
    Are you the guide to lead me, Gwendo?


    Is it a benefit to being unemployed? (from a GG lesson)
    I feel that I couldn't say here "benefit to be unemployed", because the 'being' is a state condition.


    I am available to chatting with you.
    Am I not available to chat with you?
    I can smell a shade of meaning between the two.


    Maybe I had better suffer from anosmia, who knows?

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