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Set1:

1). China is close to be the centre of world trade.

2). China is close to being the centre of world trade.

and

Set2:

1). I am on my way to be 25.

2). I am on my way to being 25

which is the correct form first or Second??? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences??

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The World Trade Center is, famously, the complex of buildings destroyed in the 9/11 attacks and now rebuilt. However, you could say China is close to becoming the centre/center of world trade.

We would not use the infinitive in sentences like this.

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  • thankyou :) So you mean even in the set2 both forms are wrong?? – Ramteja Guthikonda Jul 21 at 8:52
  • (1) (with infinitive) is wrong, although we can say something like I am on my way to be presented with an award (travelling to a place where something will be done to you). (2) is possible, but not very idiomatic. I am approaching my 25th birthday. I will soon be turning 25 or simply I will soon be 25. – Kate Bunting Jul 21 at 9:07

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