TO gathering or FOR gathering

ayiran

Senior Member
Persian-Iran
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!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "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".
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    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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