Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

Subject: Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English
From: "Bruce Wolf" <bwolf -at- scheidt-bachmann-usa -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 07:22:40 -0400


Your instincts are correct. Use the second choice.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elizabeth OShea" <Elizabeth -dot- OShea -at- emergesmart -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:19 AM
Subject: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

> Hi all -
> My question is about the following sentence and whether or not it's
> in US English:
> 'To enable people subscribe to your company's mailing list...'
> Or, should it read 'To enable people to subscribe...'
> I have consulted Warriners, Little, Brown, and CUP's Advanced Grammar in
> Use. All these sources give examples of when the bare infinitive can be
> (subscribe is the bare infinitive in this example), but I believe this
> particular bare infinitive is likely to sound or look wrong to a US-based
> ear or eye.
> I am happy to accept pedantry about this!
> Lastly, does anyone know of a list dedicated to grammar questions?
> Thanks once again for providing an excellent resource,
> elizabeth oshea
> elizabeth -dot- oshea -at- emergesmart -dot- com

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