AnnaLaker wrote:Is there any difference between
Some methods OF preventing soil erosion...
Some methods TO prevent soil erosion ...
They are simply different structures with exactly the same meaning.
'Of' functions here as a normal preposition (cf. method of NP
), and is therefore followed by a gerund. 'To' here simply precedes the infinitive (i.e. there is no such collocation as *method to NP
The possibility of postmodifying a noun by means of an infinitive as well as, or possibly even instead of, a prepositional phrase depends very much on the noun in question, although there are a number of common cases similar to the above (chance to do/chance of doing
A good learners' dictionary (e.g. the Collins Cobuild) will always carry this kind of information.