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    Default To the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto?

    Hi,

    Should I repeat to in this sentence?

    1. If I could outrun my body, I want to fly to all mountains on the Earth, I want to fly to the Moon, the Mars, the Pluto...

    2. If I could outrun my body, I want to fly to all mountains on the Earth, I want to fly to the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto...


    Which one is correct?

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: To the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamtime View Post
    Hi,

    Should I repeat to in this sentence?

    1. If I could outrun my body, I want to fly to all mountains on the Earth, I want to fly to the Moon, the Mars, the Pluto...

    2. If I could outrun my body, I want to fly to all mountains on the Earth, I want to fly to the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto...

    Which one is correct?
    Neither one is exactly correct, but #2 is better. (It's a beautiful idea!)

    Here is how you can fix it:
    If I could outrun my body, I want to would fly to all the mountains on the Earth; I want to would fly to the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto...

    Could and would are parallel verb forms.

    In English, we say "the moon" because Earth has only one and it doesn't have a special name, but we don't say "the" with most proper names, including when we use the word Earth to mean the name of the planet.

    The semi-colon is needed because you are beginning a new independent clause with "I would..."; however, if you want to leave the comma as a matter of personal style, I won't argue!

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    Default Re: To the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto?

    Thanks so much for fixing it, mayita1usa! glad you liked the idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post

    In English, we say "the moon" because Earth has only one and it doesn't have a special name, but we don't say "the" with most proper names, including when we use the word Earth to mean the name of the planet.
    does it mean that I don't have to use the in these two lines below following the line above?

    I would swim around the Black holes; I would watch the birth of Stars; I would touch the edge of the Universe;

    I would go beyond the End, to the absolute Darkness, to find the infinite Eternity.


    Too many thes!

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: To the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto?

    Quote Originally Posted by iamtime View Post
    I would swim around the Black holes; I would watch the birth of Stars; I would touch the edge of the Universe;

    I would go beyond the End, to the absolute Darkness, to find the infinite Eternity.

    Too many thes!
    No, not too many (it just seems like it because you put them all in bold)!

    The only "the" I might question is "the black holes" - "the" is correct here only if you mean all of the black holes. But in all the other cases, "the" is correct because it is the definite article meaning "the only one": the only universe, the only end, the one absolute darkness, etc. Taking away "the" changes your meaning completely, and wouldn't make sense in some cases anyway.

    But putting grammar aside, I really like all of the "the's", because the repetition adds alliteration and gives the sentence a much more poetic feel. (So I would also keep "the Black Holes"!)

    Very fun to read - thank you!

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    Default Re: To the Moon, to the Mars, to the Pluto?

    Thank you for your kind feedback, mayita1usa! Glad that you have fun reading it!

    Glad to know that all the "the"s are correctly used! phew!

    Thanks!

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