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The key to ‘_ing'(?!)

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ūüė¶ Conserving a language is the key to fully grasp the identity of a culture.

Let’s look functionally¬†at what¬†we are trying to communicate in this sentence:

[…something A…] is the key to [..something B..].

OK. So something A is obviously a thing or a behaviour that will help us to achieve something B, which is a thing or a behaviour that is difficult to achieve without something A. If something B is a thing, then it is a noun and not a verb, so we need the noun form of grasp, which is grasping:

ūüôā Conserving a language is the key to fully grasping the identity of a culture.

For some reason the expressions¬†the key to¬†and the¬†answer to¬†often lead to this error, so watch out for those! In this structure, ‘to’ is a preposition and not part of the infinitive ‘to + V1’.

@eapguru

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