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Alex Menjivar
When is it possible to use the "ing" form after the particle "to". I have seen that some people write in this way, but I am confused since I thought it was not possible to do.
Feb 21, 2018 7:31 PM
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It's because "to" is being used as a normal preposition in your examples. Suki gave you a bunch of examples. I provided a succinct but detailed explanation of the grammar a few weeks ago, in a post that proved surprisingly popular:

Important grammar point: “to +verb +ing”

February 21, 2018

Another common instance is be used to, for example

"He's a psychiatric nurse, so he's used to working with difficult patients".

Some verbs + to are also followed by  a gerund. e.g.:

object to

confess to

adapt to

Also some other past participle/adjectives + to, e.g:

be accustomed to

be addicted to

be committed to

be devoted to

be opposed to

As well as some noun + to combinations +, e.g.:

a person's commitment/devotion/addiction/reaction to 


February 21, 2018
That's the only one that springs to my mind, but maybe other people can think of some other examples? Anybody?
February 21, 2018
Yes, it is in certain phrases like "I am looking forward to going there". To look forward to is the phrase and it's followed by a gerund, going, doing, making, eating, etc.
February 21, 2018
Thank you all for your explanations :D! I really appreciate it! I learned something new today! By the way, in the case you want to practice Spanish I can help you, feel free to contact me :)
February 22, 2018
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Alex Menjivar
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French, Spanish
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French