TO gathering or FOR gathering

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ayiran, May 19, 2018.

  1. ayiran

    ayiran Senior Member

    Hi dear teachers

    The following sentence is taken from an American book
    "How does a researcher choose a basic approach to gathering information?"

    Shouldn't it be FOR GATHERING information?

    Thank you!
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    "For" is possible, but I don't think "to" is wrong, ayiran. Perhaps the author of that American book was influenced by the noun "approach", which is often followed by the preposition "to".
  3. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    I agree with #2. Note that you can reverse the order of "gathering information". "To" is more common than "for" in the blue phrase:

    How does a researcher choose a basic approach to information gathering?

    Perhaps the writer was thinking about that sentence.

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