Can I use the 2nd sentence instead of the first one:

  1. I was swayed by her rhetoric into donating all my savings to the charity.

  2. I was swayed by her rhetoric to donate all my saving to the charity

  • It's an interesting question, but I'm actually not sure it has anything to do with the word "sway". I would use into pretty much regardless of what verb was there: I was talked into donating, I was pressured into donating, I was tricked into donating, etc.
    – stangdon
    Jan 19, 2017 at 20:22

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Her speech failed to sway her colleagues into supporting the plan (Cambridge).

I think I can sway her to join our side (The Free Dictionary).

In light of these sentences, I think you can use either the construction sway + somebody + into + an -ing form" or the construction "sway + somebody + a to-nfinitive".

Furthermore, it's more appropriate and common to say savings instead of saving and charity instead of the charity in the sentence presented.


Both seem ok, but I prefer "to donate" over "into donating". If I recall both the infinitive form (to X) and the gerund form (X-ing) act as the same part of speech here, so it's more a question of personal taste and style than grammar.

It also varies depending on which verb or idiomatic expression is used. For example:

She convinced me to bake her a cake.

She talked me into baking her a cake.

"Swayed by her rhetoric" is an unusual enough phrase that there doesn't seem to be a preference one way or the other. But as written, it's an awkward sentence, which I would rewrite as a compound sentence:

I was swayed by her rhetoric, so much so that I donated all my savings to the charity.


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