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What is the preferred way to express something like this:

An approach to design a software system

(here design is a verb)


An approach to design of a software system

(here design is a noun)

In other words, should word approach as a noun be used with an infinitive?

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The text of the question doesn't seem to match the title. – St John of the Cross Mar 20 '13 at 13:00
Given the type of question you’ve asked, I think you might be interested in our sister site for English Learners. ELL tends to be a better fit for these sorts of questions than ELU does. – tchrist Mar 20 '13 at 15:00
up vote 2 down vote accepted

An approach to designing a software system


An approach to the design of a software system

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