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The headline of Floyd Mayweather tipped waitress $10,000 to help change her life - but wanted nobody to know says:

1) Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 tip to help waitress change her life.

a) Is the underlined portion above equivalent to the following?

Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 tip in order to help waitress change her life.

where the underlined part is modifying the noun "tip" adjectivally.



b) Can sentence (1) be written like this as well?

Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 tip for helping waitress change her life.

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Hi, Language Learner,

1) Floyd Mayweather’s secret $10,000 tip to help waitress change her life.

The constructions "in order to" + infinitive and "for" + V-ing are equivalent, and so are your sentences under (a) and (b) above. Both indicate purpose.

However, in headlines "to" is usually used to introduce a future event, being similar to "due to" or "bound to," and this might be the case with this headline, the idea being that the tip will help the waitress change her life.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor

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