I am unsure of whether the sentence is correct,

'...' could pave the way for/of becoming a journalist

Shall I use 'for' or 'of'? Or is there a better alternative expression?

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    A way which can be 'paved' (literally, covered with stone so it is smoother and easier to travel on) is a road which goes to or toward its goal. Jul 23, 2015 at 2:20
  • (or towards if you favour BrE, but to is more common anyway) Jul 23, 2015 at 2:55
  • In English, we typically use forward slashes / to present a list of alternatives. We don't use backslashes \ this way.
    – user230
    Jul 23, 2015 at 3:38
  • Shall I use 'pave the way towards becoming' or 'pave the way towards become'?
    – Rescy_
    Jul 23, 2015 at 5:50
  • I would think the better formulation is "Something could pave the way for him to become a journalist".
    – rogermue
    Jul 23, 2015 at 5:53

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According to the Longman Dictionary, you should use "For" Reference: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/pave

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