Learn English – Difference between “to remember” vs “for remembering”


I am struggling to choose the correct / more idiomatic one between:

  • A description may be added for remembering the context better.
  • A description may be added to remember the context better.

What's the main difference between the two?

I mean, is using "for" kind of stronger and show the intention and speaks from point of a mentor (who knows the reason), while using "to" is more neutral and plain and speaks from point of a narrator?

Best Answer

It seems that I have found the answer here. Considering the aforementioned page from cambridge.org, I understand this way:

The usage of for + ing may be right when we want to express:

  1. Function of something, for example:

    • We need something for storing recyclable materials.
    • Eclipse is one of the most popular tools for developing software applications.
  2. Reason of something, for example::

    • You should talk to Jane about it. You know, she’s famous for being a good listener.
  3. But NOTOurPurpose/intention, for example:

    • I am going to university for visiting [to visit] my professor.
    • There is a lot of juice for drinking [to drink].

My Conclusion:

It appears to me that the subject is important here. That means if I want to express my own intention or if we want to express our own purpose from doing something, then we fall into the last (third) scenario (were for + ing should not be used)

On the other hand, when we are speaking exclusively about some other people/things (nigher me, nor we are involved), then we may describe the function or reason as well as [even] the purpose/intention for usage/existence of something else with the for + ing construct.