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I don't understand why second being is progressive.

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

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

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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.
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  • 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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