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I have the following sentence:

The aggregator in the smart meter network has to provide incentive users to contribute their smart meters to being used as relays.

Here, which one is better: "to being used" or "to be used"?

Thanks a lot!

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    "The aggregator in the smart meter network has to provide an incentive for users to allow their smart meters to be used as relays." – Hellion Mar 30 '16 at 18:00
  • @Hellion Or closer to the original, albeit ungrammatical form: The aggregator, in the smart meter network, has to provide an incentive for users to contribute their smart meters for use as relays. – WS2 Mar 30 '16 at 22:23
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It's a fantastic question.

You cannot contribute something while you can contribute something to something or contribute to something or contribute to doing something.

Read more here.

I understand why you think it's a good idea to use a passive gerund instead of a passive infinitive and that's probably because of to. You probably think it's a preposition here. But you don't need to use a preposition there. However, you need to change the place of it and put it right after contribute so your phrase would be

contribute to their smart meters

Now you want to say why to contribute to their smart meters. You need an infinitive to add a purpose. One of the usage of infinitive is to express the purpose either in active or passive voice. Then your final version of your sentence part would be

... contribute to their smart meters to be used as relays.

The first to is a preposition while the second one is part of the infinitive structure.

  • Since you're not asking about the rest of the sentence, I'm not going to comment on that. – Yuri Mar 31 '16 at 15:23
  • I don't think we really can discuss the OP's main point while ignoring the rest of the sentence. Hellion's comment is a good suggestion, in my opinion. – Damkerng T. Mar 31 '16 at 15:28
  • Yea, actually the sentence is faulty but I thought it would be a good idea to respond to his concern based on the usage of contribute. – Yuri Mar 31 '16 at 15:33
  • I'm sorry, but even considering only the contribute part, I think you misunderstand the OP's intended meaning. "contribute to their smart meters to be used as relays" sounds weird, don't you think? – Damkerng T. Mar 31 '16 at 15:43
  • If we replace contribute to with help, I think that would sound weird no more. Though yea I admit it demands an unusual context to sound usual. – Yuri Mar 31 '16 at 15:50

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