His first big break in journalism came when he was promoted to writing obituaries for the local newspaper.

Why that position is "writing", I think it must be "write".


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It changes the meaning

Promoted to [writing obituaries]

He was promoted and after the promotion writes obituaries.

Promoted [to write obituaries]

He was promoted specifically so that he could write obituaries.

Here, "to write obituaries" is the reason for promotion. Previously, there was no reason given and "writing obituaries" could have been a coincidental job in his role.

  • What about this? Ngrams not found: promoted to write Aug 15, 2017 at 15:57
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    @MvLog - that just means no one has bothered to write "promoted to write." It isn't a common sentiment, but it is perfectly grammatical, and would be understood. Aric's explanation of the difference between the two phrases is exactly correct
    – Adam
    Aug 15, 2017 at 17:01

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