What's the difference in meaning between these two phrases?
It was the beginning of an artistic career devoted to the oneness of art and life.
It was the beginning of an artistic career to devote to the oneness of art and life.
The participle devoted used in the first sentence suggests that an artistic career was first devoted to the oneness of art and life. But I'm not sure if the second sentence suggests the same thing or it's grammatically incorrect?
The structure with first, second, third, etc., next, last, and only can be followed by an infinitive structure (according to the book Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, Third Edition, page 260). For example,
- Who was the first person to climb Everest without oxygen?
So it makes me believe that the second sentence can also be used in the same structure to bring the same meaning. Because the beginning of something also suggests first or something like that. Not sure if my understanding is right.