I have 2 sentences, what is true?
- Data is too large for exporting
- Data is too large for export
Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
I’ve seen this a lot here on ELL. People ask a question almost as if they assume one version is correct and therefore the other must not be correct.
In this case, I wouldn’t deem either of those “incorrect” (particularly if they are only meant as, say, a program’s error message). However, I do think a more natural way to express it would be:
Data is too large to export.
Going back to your question, though, for is generally used as a preposition, so it’s object is usually a noun. However, a verb with an -ing ending is called a gerund, which functions as a noun. That’s why either one of your originals can work.