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    Why is "to" before present in this sentence incorrect? Mark asked that a memo go out promptly requesting Messrs. G. Long and B. Short to present to the Committee the status of the monitoring procedure.

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    The answer to why the usage of "to" in that sentence is incorrect is that it is not. You can't take the "to" out and still have the sentence make sense.

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    Yes, it makes sense in my opinion:

    Mark asked that a memo go out requesting Messrs. L & S present to the Committee thus and so; not that they "to present" to the Committee.

    Mark asked that a memo go out promptly requesting Messrs. G. Long and B. Short to present to the Committee the status of the monitoring procedure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbie
    Yes, it makes sense in my opinion:

    Mark asked that a memo go out requesting Messrs. L & S present to the Committee thus and so; not that they "to present" to the Committee.

    Mark asked that a memo go out promptly requesting Messrs. G. Long and B. Short to present to the Committee the status of the monitoring procedure.
    The first sentence is okay if you use that after requesting. Thus, it would be: "Mark asked that a memo go out requesting that Messrs. L & S present to the Committee thus and so."

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