I learned that I can use the expression 'spend,waste + money, time + ~ing'. For example,

Monks can spend years learning how to make these paintings.

But, how about if I use 'to infinitive' instead of '~ing'? Will it be a wrong sentence? Like,

Monks can spend years to learn how to make these painting.

Or, just the meaning have changed?
Sounds wrong to me. You can use 'in', though-- spend years in learning...
For some reason it works with some verbs but not others.

I agree that 'spend years to learn' sounds wrong, but 'take years to learn' sounds ok, to me.
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Thank you both of you!

Anyway, I may think 'spend + time,money + to ~' is wrong. Thank you again!
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