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Crowdfunding is a new and more collaborative way to secure funding for projects. It can be used in different ways:

To request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world.

To generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

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Is this paraphrasing grammatically correct?

It can be used in different ways such as to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world and to generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

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@GBLSU posted:

Crowdfunding is a new and more collaborative way to secure funding for projects. It can be used in different ways:

To request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world.

To generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

Hi, GBLSU,

I don't like the text above very much. After "ways," one would expect to find V-ing forms, not infinitives, which are usually associated with purposes or reasons:

1a. Crowdfunding is a new and more collaborative way to secure funding for projects. It can be used in different ways:

(By) Requesting donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world.

(By) Generating funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

I think that the writer of the text wanted to use "purposes":

2a. Crowdfunding is a new and more collaborative way to secure funding for projects. It can be used for different purposes:

To request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world.

To generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

@GBLSU posted:

Is this paraphrasing grammatically correct?

It can be used in different ways such as to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world and to generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

The paraphrasing mechanism you propose is valid but, considering what I said above, the result would be different:

1.b. It can be used in different ways such as requesting donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world and generating funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

or

2.b. It can be used for different purposes such as to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world and to generate funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.

Hi, GBLSU,

I don't like the text above very much. After "ways," one would expect to find V-ing forms, not infinitives, which are usually associated with purposes or reasons:

1a. Crowdfunding is a new and more collaborative way to secure funding for projects. It can be used in different ways:

(By) Requesting donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world.

(By) Generating funding for a project with the contributors then becoming partners in the project.



Thank you for the detailed explanation.

Can I ask another question? 

What is the difference between the usages of <to> below?

1 It can be used for different purposes to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world

2 It can be used for different way to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world

@GBLSU posted:

What is the difference between the usages of <to> below?

1 It can be used for different purposes to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world

2 It can be used for different ways to request donations for a worthy cause anywhere in the world

I don't think I understand your question. Also, the sentences above do not sound right.

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