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    Can you show me ?

    Are there any diferences between " Everything you have to do is to find them " and " Everything you have to do is to find them " ?
    Thank you teacher .

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    Re: Can you show me ?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    "Everything you have to do is to find them"
    "Everything you have to do is to find them"
    David, you've typed in the same sentence.

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    Talking Re: Can you show me ?

    Oh, Sorry, but I mean:
    Everything you have to do is finding them
    Everything you have to do is to find them
    Everything you have to do is find them

    Can you show me the difference ?
    Thanks

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    Re: Can you show me ?

    It's the "Everything" that has me stumped. Try,

    All you have to do is . . . .

    As for the last part, I'd choose "(to) find them".

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    Question Re: Can you show me ?

    So what about the others, are they alright ?

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    Re: Can you show me ?

    I don't like the first with 'finding', and I agree with Casiopea about the other two.

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    Re: Can you show me ?

    Additionally, in that construction 'is' links two like structures. That's why 'to' occurs twice:

    [1] All you have to do is to find them. (to-infinitive is to-infinitive)

    As for [2] (see below) the second 'to' is omitted because it's redundant. That is, 'to' has already been stated in 'to do', so the speaker/writer leaves the second 'to' out.

    [2] All you have to do is find them. (to-infinitive is infinitive)

    All the best,

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