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I found the following sentence form one of books that I've read.


There are advantages to living in an apartment.



Though it is evident that anyone can understand the meaning of the sentence, the confusing part is "advantages to living" in which they use "to + ing". I don't think "advantages to" is a phrasal verb. Therefore, I would really appreciate it if someone could explain why they use "to + ing" in the above sentence.

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The word advantages is a noun.


The syntax is advantages to something.

eg There are advantages to marriage. ( marriage is a noun. )

eg There are advantages to living in an apartment. ( living is a gerund. )

Clive

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dileepaI don't think "advantages to" is a phrasal verb.

Correct.

dileepawhy they use "to + ing" in the above sentence.

To is a preposition. The complement is the gerund.

Examples:

Another advantage to working out with a group is the addition of an instructor.
There's an advantage to having a grandmother who is a great schoolteacher.
There's an advantage to fighting your way to success.

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"To" is an alternative to the prepositions "of and for"

E.g hardwork is the key to (of/for) getting success.