Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

Subject: Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 08:32:14 -0700


Elizabeth OShea wrote:
>
> 'To enable people subscribe to your company's mailing list...'

No, that is grammatically incorrect.

>
> Or, should it read 'To enable people to subscribe...'

Yes, that is better.

But this alternative is better still:

"To enable subscription to your company's mailing list..."

And my preference:

"To subscribe to your company's mailing list..."

where enablement is step 1 in the subscription process. (Perhaps
it's necessary only the first time anyone wants to subscribe:

1. Check the so-and-so to make sure subscription is enabled.

>
> Lastly, does anyone know of a list dedicated to grammar questions?

Copyedit-L is the one I know of.

--David

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