I don't understand why second being is progressive.

He went from being a poor student to being an outstanding one.

  • Can you explain the grammar rule that you think makes the second "being" wrong? – Andrew Jan 12 '18 at 0:59

I think you may be confusing the preposition "to" used here with the difference between gerunds (verb plus "-ing") and infinitives (to + verb).

sentence with a gerund: I enjoy swimming. (Gerunds do not use "to".)

sentence with an infinitive: I want to swim.

In your sentence, "to being" does not act as a gerund or an infinitive. The preposition "to" connects the first idea (that the student was poor) to the second (that the student became an outstanding one).


Because “it” here in this context doesn’t act like the same you are considering in your mind.

This kind of “to” isn’t infinitive (to + verb1)

Here “it” illustrates moving from place to place (from condition to another) (from being a poor student to being an outstanding one)

This Link explains that there are a few cases where you use to + V + -ing:

1) If the to is part of a phrasal verb or verb + preposition combination: A phrasal verb is something like "look forward to", "confess to", etc. In this case, the "to" is part of the verb itself. Some examples are:

  • I am looking forward to attending the party
  • I am committed to supporting the Linguistics proposal on Area51

2) If the to is part of an adjective + preposition combination: For example:

  • A lot of women aren’t accustomed to being treated so well!
  • I am opposed to increasing taxes. These look similar to the examples above, but you can tell that a word like accustomed is an adjective in this case because there is a form of the verb to be. That is, you are an adjective.

3) If the to is part of a noun + preposition combination: For example:

  • His addiction to gambling has caused a lot of stress for his family.
  • Her great dedication to teaching inspires her students.
  • I know the phrasal verb part, but your example 2 is difficult for me. Can I consider "accustomed to", "opposed to " as a phrase verb so I need to add gerund after "to" ? – Ives Jan 12 '18 at 4:41
  • If I change the sentence to "I opposed to increase taxes", Is this correct? – Ives Jan 12 '18 at 4:49
  • No, they’re not. “Accustomed , opposed ” are adjectives that go with certain preposition look into the following link and you would realize which adjective goes goes with which preposition; google.jo/… – Bavyan Yaldo Jan 12 '18 at 13:15
  • thank you, Is the sentence "I oppose to increase taxes" correct? – Ives Jan 15 '18 at 2:43

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