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    mcilroga is offline Newbie
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    Just a small grammatical inquiry

    Hello all, the thesis of my History essay is:

    "And that, is the measure of a true revolutionary - when one’s creation is significant not just to the Renaissance of the 14th - 17th centuries, but to the continuing renaissance of art and learning today."

    I am wondering if, in this context, the "to" is correct or redundant? The statement without it would look like:

    "And that, is the measure of a true revolutionary - when one’s creation is significant not just to the Renaissance of the 14th - 17th centuries, but the continuing renaissance of art and learning today."

    I have a feeling the first is correct but I'd just like to make sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

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    Re: Just a small grammatical inquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by mcilroga View Post
    Hello all, the thesis of my History essay is:

    "And that, is the measure of a true revolutionary - when one’s creation is significant not just to the Renaissance of the 14th - 17th centuries, but to the continuing renaissance of art and learning today."

    I am wondering if, in this context, the "to" is correct or redundant? The statement without it would look like:

    "And that, is the measure of a true revolutionary - when one’s creation is significant not just to the Renaissance of the 14th - 17th centuries, but the continuing renaissance of art and learning today."

    I have a feeling the first is correct but I'd just like to make sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
    I don't find the second "to" redundant. I think it helps the reader navigate through that long sentence, and makes it clear how the two sections relate to each other.

    What I don't understand is the comma after "that." It is a frequent error to separate the subject from the verb with a comma, but it's not correct.

    The sentence should say:
    "And that is the measure of a true revolutionary -- etc ..."

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