Verb "contribute to" + "doing something"


I would like to contribute to arresting that man.

Is this grammatically correct? I mean to have an influence on / bring about arresting him.


Posted 2014-10-29T23:16:57.913

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I would like to contribute to arresting that man.

This is a grammatically correct sentence. It means that the speaker would like to assist in arresting "that man".

Contribute - (Intransitive verb) to help to make something happen.

Example sentences -

  1. Medical negligence was said to have contributed to her death.
  2. The scandal certainly contributed to their defeat at the last election.
  3. The miracles that have contributed to making the film as good as it is are apparent every time I watch it.
  4. Grime and pollution all contribute to making the hair look dull.
  5. This now provides an excellent, free car park and will very usefully contribute to reducing traffic congestion in Haworth as a 'Park and Ride' facility.


Posted 2014-10-29T23:16:57.913

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Hello, MFI. I see that ELL has a similar explicit caveat to that on ELU: Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer! But I don't see any linked attribution. Where do your 'Example sentences' come from? A reputable dictionary? The internet? A dodgy newspaper? A comic? Are they home-made? – Edwin Ashworth – 2019-07-20T11:11:05.280

@EdwinAshworth sorry I don't remember where I found those example sentences. Tomorrow I will try to add the source. – Man_From_India – 2019-07-20T17:56:15.630


Interesting question. I looked upon OALD for that and found that contribute to do something in this context won't be something a native might prefer. That said, even if it is grammatically okay, it'll not look natural.

I'd like to help arresting that man -looks natural over contributing

However, your contribution in arresting the culprit could be very useful for police. :)

Maulik V

Posted 2014-10-29T23:16:57.913

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I find contribution connects with "to", so it should be " your contribution to arresting... Am I right or your "in" is correct? – roka114 – 2014-10-30T07:58:53.150

with its normal form contribution, in is not incorrect.

– Maulik V – 2014-10-30T08:28:36.343


I would like to contribute some of my resources to reducing the increasing pollution around.

your contribution to reducing the increasing pollution is highly appreciable.

In above-given, sentences both verb and noun has been used with preposition "to"

Manmohan Sharma

Posted 2014-10-29T23:16:57.913

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1Welcome to ELL! Take the [tour]. It seems like you've got the start of an interesting answer here, but it's not clear how verbs and nouns being used after "to" ensure that the original sentence is grammatical. Can you [edit] to clarify that? – Nathan Tuggy – 2017-01-19T06:52:14.567