The question:

She is attending the seminar with a view to _______ more qualifications.

A. acquire
B. having acquired
C. acquiring
D. being acquired

And the answer is C. I don't understand because we uasually use to {infinitive} or just {V}-ing. Is this answer wrong or it is other grammar?


The answer is not wrong. The expression with a view to doing something, in terms of its structure, requires the use of the "ing" form of a verb (that's just how it works). The to here is not an infinitive marker. It's the preposition to which in this case has the meaning of approaching or reaching a particular condition. That's why the correct answer is C (acquiring):

She is attending the seminar with a view to acquiring more qualifications.

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    Perhaps so, but I don't like the wording in the test question. Were I saying this to someone, I'd use something like "with the goal of", not "with a view to". – J.R. Apr 23 '18 at 14:00

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