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Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form

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Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 12:43
George Washington Carver dedicated his life to the economic strengthening of the South with improvement of soil and diversification of crops.
(A) the economic strengthening of the South with improvement of soil and diversification of crops
(B) strengthening the economy in the South with soil improvement and the diversification of crops
(C) strengthening the economy of the South through soil improvement and crop diversification
(D) the strengthening of the economy of the South through improving soil and crop diversifying
(E) the economic strengthening in the South with improving soil and diversifying crops

OA is C.

Experts please explain the correct usage of to+verb-ing structure. How to+verb-ing is correct in option C. Shouldn't it be infinitive in option C?
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Re: Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 10:00
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Can you post where this question is from? Sometimes there are copyright restrictions that prohibit us from answering, so we need to know the source of the material.
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Re: Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 10:05
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Can you post where this question is from? Sometimes there are copyright restrictions that prohibit us from answering, so we need to know the source of the material.


Hi Parker,

This is a GMATPrep question.
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Re: Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 19:26
Experts please help in my above mentioned doubt.
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Re: Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 19:27
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Although the word “strengthening” is preceded by the word “to” in this example, there is no special form you need to learn. Here, “strengthening” is an activity. George Washington Carver dedicated his life to that activity. In other words, “strengthening” is a noun in this sentence. We could just as well say “George dedicated his life to the improvement of the soil.”

“To strengthening” is not a correct verb form under any circumstances.
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Re: Correct Usage of to+verb-ing form   [#permalink] 25 Oct 2011, 19:27
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