1. He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier.

  2. I agree to go/going there.

  3. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier.

In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the above sentences because it seems appropriate according to the rule of putting verb+ing after preposition. However, I am not sure if gerunds will be used in the above sentences because people don't say "I agree to going there". Is the usage of gerunds correct in the above sentences?

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It's not a mortal sin, but the simple infinitive is more usual.

If you want to over-analyse a bit, when you use the gerund, you're agreeing to that action / activity “in general”, as acceptable, rather than specifically to take that action. For example:

I agree to go home - I will go home (now, or at a particular time that's been suggested)

I agree to going home - I agree that going home would be a good idea. I'm not saying I will do it now or at any particular time

I agree to hunting foxes - I'm a posh twit who thinks chasing animals until they're terrified and watching as they are horribly mangled by a group of ferocious hungry dogs is ok

I agree to hunt foxes - I'm a posh twit who is going to go do those horrible things now

... honestly just trying to find a good example, though I'm not keen on hunting :o)

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