Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

Subject: Re: grammar advice: infinitive in US English
From: "Paul Strasser" <paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 09:13:32 -0600


>
> My question is about the following sentence and whether or not it's
correct
> in US English:
>
> 'To enable people subscribe to your company's mailing list...'
>
> Or, should it read 'To enable people to subscribe...'

The bare infinitive both looks and sounds strange to my US of A-raised ears
& eyes. It makes the sentence almost indecipherable.

If it matters, I'm not a big fan of "enable" in this sentence either. I'm
not sure what the context is. How is a person enabled to subscribe? Are
you setting up the requirements for subscriptions, or just giving people a
set of instructions for subscribing?

Bare-infinitively yours,

Paul Strasser
Windsor Technologies, Inc.
2569 Park Lane, Suite 200
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
Phone: 303-926-1982
FAX: 303-926-1510
E-mail: paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com



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

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