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    Default Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    Is it okay to omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in the presented sentence , as well as leaving out repetitive subject(he or she, they, certain person's name)?

    "They were waiting in the deck to receive draft beer as well as to see spectacle firework."

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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Is it okay to omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in the presented sentence , as well as leaving out repetitive subject(he or she, they, certain person's name)?

    "They were waiting in the deck to receive draft beer as well as to see spectacle firework."
    You can't omit the "to" you put in bold, no.

    Note: we wait "on deck" or "on the deck", not "in". We don't say "spectacle firework" either. We simply watch/see fireworks or a firework display.

    The whole sentence is rather unnatural.

    "They were on deck, waiting for a draft beer and a firework display."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Jun-2012 at 22:05. Reason: Ems's reply was kinder.

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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    And perhaps he/she meant "spectacular fireworks".

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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Perhaps he/she meant "spectacular fireworks".
    That's a good point.
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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    I would have thought it's a fireworks spectacle, and that she can omit "to" there, but cannot naturally use "receive" for beer. Receive is a Latin/French word, and only means to get it into your hands, without drinking it. Why not use "get" or another more explicit word?

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    Default Re: Can I omit repetitive preposition such as "to" in this sentence?

    I agree that 'to' can be omitted. The main problem I see is the unnecessary "as well as" instead of 'and'. But it's hard to be dogmatic about what can be omitted when, really, the whole sentence needs re-writing.

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