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    Default a good place to live / to live in

    Hello, everyone.

    Today I have a question as to the usage of 'to+verb'.

    Here is an excerpt from one of the textbooks (for Japanese junior high school students):

    "Kagoshima is a good place to live."

    I personally think it should be "Kagoshima is a good place to live in."

    My ideas are as follows:

    'live a good place' - incorrect
    'live in a good place' - correct

    'a good place' can't be an object of the verb 'live'. Therefore "in" is required there.

    What do you think?

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    Default Re: a good place to live / to live in

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    "Kagoshima is a good place to live."

    'a good place' can't be an object of the verb 'live'. Therefore "in" is required there.
    Your logic is fine, but we can say, "Kagoshima is a good place to live/work/be." We cannot, however, say, "Kagoshima is a good city to live/work/be."

    I cannot at the moment think of a convincing way to explain this.

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    Default Re: a good place to live / to live in

    Your version with in works too.

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