In class, I generally use the guideline that the preposition to is followed by the simple form of the verb, in other words, the infinitive form. For example,
I am happy to see you.
The girls are ready to work.
The first group to visit us was the girl scouts.
However, a student, Hanna, turned in a paper using advantages to introduce her supports and followed my guideline. It didn't work. Advantage is usually followed by the -ing form.
The first advantage to working part time...
Another advantage to studying each day...
This pattern proves consistent when other prepositions follow advantage:
The advantage of walking for exercise...
The advantage of memorizing...
Thus, advantage proves to be an exception to the to + simple verb form guideline. I will add to this list now of one word when I find other exceptions.
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