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So, I want to title a talk.

Which of these is the right usage and why?

"Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to solve them"

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"Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to solving them"

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Essentially this same question is covered here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/384/… –  Chris Aug 20 '10 at 9:08
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One doesn't normally solve a paradigm. –  delete Aug 20 '10 at 9:08
    
Shinto, Would you rather like me to use the word "dealing" then? –  Lakshman Prasad Aug 20 '10 at 9:17
    
Incidentally, I'd say "Djangonic" rather than "Djangoic" - it reads better, and echoes "Pythonic" (even though there's an 'n' at the end of 'Python' and not of 'Django'). –  Daniel Roseman Aug 20 '10 at 9:28
    
Daniel, Nice to see you here. I am waiting for some English expert to question, what Django has got to do with Python and why an 'n' has to be added to djangoic, to sound like pythonic :) –  Lakshman Prasad Aug 20 '10 at 9:49

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The construction is typically "approach to [noun]". The gerund can be used in place of a noun here, as it can in many other situations.

The infinitive should not be used. It is something of a coincidence that the infinitive has the prepended word "to", and that "to" is the appropriate preposition to use after "approach" here.

So to be clear, the following is correct:

"Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to solving them"

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Agree. It seems to me that the most common time you have a noun infinitive combination is when the noun is really the object of the verb: "miles to go", "heck to pay", "mountain to climb". In this sense, a pilot might speak of an approach to fly, which is very different from an approach to flying. –  moioci Aug 21 '10 at 3:06

For me, the first (""Web Development Paradigms and Djangoic approach to solve them") is not possible, for the reason Noldorin gave. Also, it reads oddly without an article before "Djangoic".

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They are equivalently correct. But if you want to sound expensive and impressive, use the gerund form.

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Er, the gerund doesn't sound especially pretentious here. –  ptomato Aug 20 '10 at 9:11

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