“To” Plus a Gerund?

I know that using the expression :”I look forward to doing business with you ” is right. How and where can I find information about using “to doing” to students?

Dear LS:

On our web site take at look at www.englishplus.com/grammar/00000335.htm or look up “Gerund” in the Grammar Slammer glossary. “To doing business with you” is a prepositional phrase. The object of the preposition is the gerund phrase “doing business with you.”

I hope this helps.

3 thoughts on ““To” Plus a Gerund?”

  1. To+ gerund happens because in this case , the to is not an infinitive.
    For example I want to go back early . (Want is a verb followed by to as an infinitive)
    For situations without using infinitive but prepositions, the gerunds can be happened.
    1. Phrasal verb. Some phrasal verbs are already fixed with a verb + a preposition or more than a preposition .
    For example I “object to” , this is a pv and followed by a gerund.
    I object to answering your questions.
    Another example, come to / When it comes to facing the critical sessions , we may …. /

    2. the to is followed by an adjective.
    I am used to playing games.
    I am committed to learning English .

    3 . the to is followed by a noun or maybe noun phrase ?
    as the function of the to is to go to an object.
    Eg, My addiction to gambling is still there.
    I have secrets to show you the good way to memorizing vocabulary.

    hope it helps.

  2. Thank you. In the last example, while a gerund is grammatically OK, most English speakers would choose the infinitive: “I will show you the good way to memorize vocabulary.” “Way” is usually followed by an infinitive. “Secrets to” is usually followed by a gerund: “Secrets to memorizing vocabulary.”

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