SOLVED: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

Subject: SOLVED: grammar advice: infinitive in US English
From: "Elizabeth OShea" <Elizabeth -dot- OShea -at- emergesmart -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 13:59:08 +0100


Thank you, everyone, for your advice and the link to the copywriting list.

In summary, everyone agrees that the original sentence is incorrect. One
person pointed out that the first verb isn't an infinitive and that the 'to'
is a short form of 'in order to'. Most people suggested rewriting in order
to reduce the frequency of 'to'.

It appears that the usage I queried is peculiarly Irish. Members of the list
based in the UK also found it strange on the ear/eye. However, it's commonly
used by writers here. Perhaps some other English dialects us it as well.

Thanks again.

elizabeth

elizabeth -dot- oshea -at- emergesmart -dot- com



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grammar advice: infinitive in US English: From: Elizabeth OShea

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