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IELTS Grammar: 'to' with 'ing'

Many students have learnt that 'to' can't be followed by a word ending in 'ing'. But you might have noticed that I break this 'rule' in some of my essays. For example:

"strict punishments for driving offences are the key to reducing traffic accidents"

This phrase is completely correct, so it must mean that the "rule" was wrong! You can put 'to' with 'ing' in many situations. Here are some examples:

  • The key to being more productive is...
  • I look forward to seeing you.
  • He admitted to taking the money.
  • Scientists are closer to being able to...
  • Seven steps to reaching your goals!

Can you find any more examples?
Tip: try searching on Google for "to being", "to having", "to doing" etc.

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