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I wrote something for a blog and was pointed out of being incorrect at a sentence:


A computer virus is nothing but a type of application like any other software. A programmer, who can develop computer software is also able to form a computer virus. Like other software, a virus is also just a compiled application designed to run on your computer. However, the difference between a virus and software is that the virus is designed to harm your machine through various means like crashing on your computer, wiping the data, steal confidential information like credit card number, SSN, etc.


I've bolded the issuing phrases here.


The person claims that it should not be 'crashing' and 'wiping' but 'crash' and 'wipe', which I think is incorrect.


I am failing to prove and back it with relevant grammar terminologies. Please help me out here.

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I wrote something for a blog and was accused of pointed out of being incorrect in a sentence:


A computer virus is nothing but a type of application like any other software. A programmer no comma who can develop computer software is also able to form a computer virus. Like other software, a virus is also just a compiled application designed to run on your computer. However, the difference between a virus and normal software is that the virus is designed to harm your machine through various means like crashing on your computer, wiping the data, steal confidential information like credit card number, SSN, etc.


I've bolded the issuing phrases at issue here.


The person claims that it should not be 'crashing' and 'wiping' but 'crash' and 'wipe', which I think is incorrect.


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Let's consider the 2 alternatives.

Your version.

The noun 'means' here refers to an action by which a result is brought about. The gerunds crashing, wiping, stealing all refer to actions.

the virus is designed to harm your machine through various means like crashing on your computer, wiping the data, stealing confidential information like credit card number, SSN, etc.

Your version is fine. It's normal English.________________________________________________________________________________________________ 'Their' version.

the virus is designed to harm your machine through various means like crash on your computer, wipe the data, steal confidential information like credit card number, SSN, etc.

crash, wipe, steal do not fit the sentence. You'd need to reword to use nouns.

eg the virus is designed to harm your machine by causing various problems like a crash on your computer, an erasure of the data, a theft of confidential information like credit card number, SSN, etc.

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Rishi SharmaI am failing to prove and back it with relevant grammar terminologies.

At least you could've asked their reason for saying so. If you're sure of what you're doing, then you don't need to explain to anyone! It doesn't need any terminology.

Simply put, "like" in the given sentence is a preposition, so if it's going to take a verbal, it must be in the gerund form, not infinitive.