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to understanding or to understand?? Why we did say? : What's the trick to understanding native speakers? (I mean, to+ verb+ing, it's really confusing to say that) Is there a rule that explain this? Why we didn't just use to+verb, Is the right sentence? What's the trick to understand native speakers?
May 30, 2015 2:06 PM
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The instances where we use the gerund after "to" seem mainly to arise when the "to" is part of a phrase ending with it, after which a noun would be required. This is the case with your example as well: it's "the trick to [something]" because the "to" really applies to the "trick". Since the "to" applies to the trick, and we need a noun here, we use the gerund. Similarly, we could say "The trick to the game is..." because "the game" is a noun. Other examples might include: "We had to resort to using force." ("to resort to [something", we could say as well "We had to resort to our backup plan.") "The key to winning is to stick in the corner." ("key to [something", we could say as well "This is a key to the door.")
May 30, 2015
It's correct because it follows the expression the trick to +verb ing. For example"there is a trick to opening that bottle" "There is a trick to studying English vocabulary".
May 30, 2015
to understand
May 30, 2015
Language Skills
Arabic (Maghrebi), English, French, Japanese
Learning Language
English, Japanese