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I am confused as regards to when I should place an infinitive or a gerund after than.

A. I'm gonna stay clean getting rid of my drug addiction, if for no other reason than to be able to come back here and show you that your way isn't the only way.

Can I replace than to be able to ~with than being able to ~?

B. There's something more important than making/ to make? yourself beautiful.

I feel that it's not something to get a feel for but something that has a rule

I will be so grateful if you could give me some examples.

Many thanks!!!!
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Hi,

I am confused as regards to when I should place an infinitive or a gerund after than. Generally speaking, you can do either. However, in some contexts and with some verbs, one will sound better than the other. This is really just a matter of collocation and of style. 'Getting a feel for it' is important.

A. I'm gonna stay clean getting rid of my drug addiction, if for no other reason than to be able to come back here and show you that your way isn't the only way.

Can I replace than to be able to ~with than being able to ~? Yes.

B. There's something more important than making/ to make? yourself beautiful. I'd prefer to say making, it sounds better. However, if you change 'something' to 'nothing', both making and to make sound fine.

Best wishes, Clive