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. Mar 20, 2013 at 13:00
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    Mar 20, 2013 at 15:00

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An approach to designing a software system


An approach to the design of a software system

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