I'd like to know "what someone hopes for is" should be followed by a to-infinitive or a gerund:

What Peter hopes for is to buy/buying a sports car.

  • If "hope" it's followed by a verb, it's always a to-infinitive. That's still true, even with this sentence structure
    – gotube
    Jul 26 at 5:08

I hope to buy a new car. Peter hopes to buy a brand-new washing machine. There in your example we need an infinitve which functions as object of the verb. As a result, (to buy) is correct.

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