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When to use "ing" after "to" - How to use "to" plus verb "ing" - Learn English

In today's lesson, you can learn English grammar about when to use "ing" after "to" - How to use "to" plus verb "ing." This is one of my English grammar lessons about "to" plus "ing," where you will learn English about when to use ing after to (or) when to use ing form after to for better English grammar fluency. Do you know when to use an "ing" word after "to?" Maybe you ask, can we use "ing" form after to? The answer is YES and I will show you how to use "ing" after "to" for better English speaking and writing.

So here we have another question from YouTube from Prerana. "After to when does verb plus -ing happen?" So, let me tell you using to plus -ing, verb -ing is unusual in English because normally after “to” we use the base form of the verb. This is called the infinitive form.

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Like to run, to walk, to go.


I am going to go to the store.


I am planning to run later this evening.


So, usually it's the infinitive to and the base form, but there are some exceptions. One of those exceptions can happen with gerunds, but let's take a look at the most common verbs we use when we, when we do this.


Confess or admit to doing something to doing something. So, for example I could give a sentence like: “she admitted to stealing my necklace.” Okay, so here because we're using the word admit, she admitted to stealing my necklace, or she confessed to stealing my necklace. We can use it with oppose or object, which means disagree to doing something. I oppose to doing something, or I object to doing something means I don't want to, I disagree.


So, for example, I object to raising taxes. I don't agree with that. I opposed to raising, I am opposed to raising taxes. So here also, we can use to plus the -ing form. A very common way is when we talk about being dedicated, devoted, or committed to doing something. So, let's say I am very passionate about helping animals. I might say, “I am dedicated to helping

animals. I am devoted to helping animals. Or, I am committed to helping animals.” So here again we use that to plus the -ing form. Okay let's see our next ones to be used. To be accustomed to, or to be adjusted to doing something.


So, we heard very commonly with used to or accustomed to which have a very similar meaning. “I am used to waking up early.” So here, we use to, used to waking up early. And this often is why these verbs why this because confess to, admit to, object to, be dedicated to, be used to, all these things we need “to.” It's not that we're saying really that it's just to plus -ing, it's really that we have a verb plus to that work as one phrase and then we add verb plus -ing. So, it's a little bit different than just the base form.


We can also use it with phrasal verbs. Which we have a great series on phrasal verbs. Like, “look forward to doing something,” or “get around to doing something.” And again, it's because “look forward to get around to,” these work as their own verb phrases. So the “to” is a part of that. “I look forward to seeing my friend tomorrow.” “I'll get around to writing that letter next week.” Okay so these are some of the most common exceptions when we do use that to plus -ing form.

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