Advantage of/to having

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by pejupa, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. pejupa Junior Member

    Spain
    Spanish
    Hi there,

    Should I say 'the advantages of having a car' or ' the main advantage to having a car'??

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. fre0009 Senior Member

    English - UK

    'The advantages of having a car' sounds better to me.

    However, now I say the second one over in my head 'the main advantage to having a car', it doesn't sound too bad either. Maybe it is colloquial. I am not sure if it is grammatically correct.

    The first one however is definitely right!
     
  3. gacton Junior Member

    The two phrases have different meanings: "the advantages of having a car" will refer to a list of advantages, and "the main advantage to having a car" will refer only to the "main advantage."
     
  4. pejupa Junior Member

    Spain
    Spanish
    Thank you very much!
     
  5. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    England
    British English
    I cannot think of any circumstances under which I would say 'the main advantage to doing something...' You can, however, say phrases like 'the main advantage to the government comes from...'; but not 'advantage to doing something'.
     
  6. gacton Junior Member

    I think to say "the main advantage to having a car is to get from point A to point B quickly" would be perfectly fine.
     
  7. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    England
    British English
    Then we must agree to differ! You take advantage of something, not to it, so I find 'the main advantage to' followed by a gerund unusual, to say the least.
     
  8. gacton Junior Member

    Might be a difference between British and American English usage?
     

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