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Hi all,

I would like to confirm which usage is correct. I think "spend time doing something" is correct. For example, "thank you for spending time reading my post".

However, I have seen people using "spend time to do something", for example, I googled about 1000 results of "spend time to visit".

Thanks.
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"spend time doing" and "spend time to do" are correct. But there is actually no need to "spend time" just write: "thank you for reading my post".
Chris
"Spend time to do something" means you spend time in order to do something, whereas in "Spend time doing something," you are actually doing that "something."
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I would like to confirm which usage is correct. I think "spend time doing something" is correct. For example, "thank you for spending time reading my post".

However, I have seen people using "spend time to do something", for example, I googled about 1000 results of "spend time to visit".
Hello, ssxia. You are correct-- 'spend time to do' is not acceptable. Although Google now gives me 2,590 for "spend time to visit ", this is a very insignificant number indeed. Most of those who use this latter form are no doubt confusing it with the acceptable 'take time to visit'. 'Take time to do' is a common structure of similar meaning.
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Ssxia"thank you for spending time reading my post".
this is correct, although I think I would use "thank you for spending the time to read my post"

Shortening it to "thank you for reading my post" is correct but doesn't show as much appreciation as the longer version.

People talking about spending time to do something, implies at first glance, that there is a cost of time to doing something, as though you want others to know you spent a lot of time doing that something.

Still both usages are correct.
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If you're saying how you spent the time (or money), use the -ing form.
If you're saying why you spent the time (or money), use the to --- form.

You are usually saying how you spent the time, that is, telling what you did during that time, so the first is probably most common when you do a count.

Last week I spent time cleaning the kitchen floor.
Sometimes you have to spend time to save money.


CJ
Wonderful discussion!

Wow! I learned a lot. Thanks
Yes, this is the right answer!!!
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