RE: grammar advice: infinitive in US English

Subject: RE: grammar advice: infinitive in US English
From: "Cathy Walter" <cd -at- dpcgroup -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 10:14:12 -0500

Elizabeth OShea asked:
>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...'>

I vote for "to subscribe." Even if the bare infinitive could be correct in
this instance, I think you're right in thinking it will look wrong to
American audiences.

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