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Hi teachers,

This sentence:

Reverse innvoation will also grow as multinationals devote more of their R&D budgets to creating products for faster-growing markets like China and India.

I've met with this type of structure a lot and I don't understand why "create" is not used, but "creating"? Is there a rule that governs this?

Thank you.

Tinanam
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tinanam0102I've met with come across this type of structure a lot, and I don't understand why "create" is not used, but "creating"? Is there a rule that governs this?
You must distinguish between two uses of "to". There is the "to" that introduces an infinitive; this one is not considered a preposition. Then there is the "to" that is a preposition. Only the -ing form of a verb can come after a preposition.

In the combination devote ... to ..., to is a preposition, so it must be followed, if followed by a verb form, by the -ing form.

See 'To' + 'ing' and also follow the links given there to read more about this topic.

CJ
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Hi CalifJim,

Thanks for the links. I have the concept now. However,

an approach to managing assets.

an approach to manage assets.

When you say to choose one to use, do you mean that the difference is subtle?

Thank you.

Tinanam