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Gerunds (-ing forms) after prepositions
When we put a verb after a preposition, we normally use an –ing form, not an infinitive.
To as a preposition
To can be an infinitive marker (e.g. to work, to laugh). It can also be a preposition. When to is a preposition, it is followed by either a noun or the –ing form of a verb, but not normally by the infinitive. Common expressions in which this happens are look forward to, object to, used to, prefer to, get round to, in addition to.
Sections in this article-ing Forms
Verbs that can be followed by -ing forms
-ing forms after nouns and adjectives
-ing forms after prepositions
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