This pursuit to maintain equal...


I was wondering if the word pursuit as a noun can be followed by to V? When verbs are followed, should we use "to" or is there a meaning difference between "the pursuit of revising it" and "the pursuit to revise it"? 


And to infinitives can function as an obkect of nouns like "the study of it is..." 


This pursuit to maintain equal or higher levels of income and purchasing habits as others around us (or “keeping up with the joneses”, as the common expression goes) turns life into a never-ending competition.


How can I understand the to infinitive phrase? Does it functions as an object of the noun pursuit or an equal to the noun pursuit or for the purpose of the noun pursuit?


What do you experts think? Thank you so much in advance.

asked May 26 '14 at 12:54 Hans Contributor

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The to-infinitive can follow some abstract nouns.  Pursuit may seem a bit abstract, but it is the act of pursuing something.  There is substance to it.  You can actually see pursuit.  Certainly, you can more easily see the pursuit of a criminal than the pursuit of happiness, but it is not an abstract noun.


The people in your sentence could be in "the pursuit of the maintance of income" or "the pursuit of higher income" or have "an affluency pursuit."  The sentence is quite awkward. 

A person doesn't need multiple levels of income.  One higher level will do nicely.  When you want to draw a comparison, you say higher (taller, better, smaller) than, not  asJoneses is a proper noun.  It should be capitalized.


This pursuit of a higher level of income and purchasing power than those around us (the proverbial keeping up with the Joneses) turns life into a never-ending competition.

link answered May 26 '14 at 16:46 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Here's a page that might help you with the to-infinitive:

Patty TMay 26 '14 at 16:47

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