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    Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Is it:
    Anna to send the email to the user group. Or
    Anna to sends the email to the user group.
    Which is the correct one? what is the rule? Thanks.

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    Re: Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Anna sends the e-mail the user group.
    Anna sends the user group the e-mail.

    No "to."

    (This says it is a periodic action.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Thank you for your response. What i ment is a action anna has to do.
    Not something she do regularly. I have seen this in newpaper headings too g: "Government to reduce tax"
    Not sure what is the rule in those type of sentences?

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    Re: Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Your government quote is headline shorthand.

    This is not acceptable in normal English.

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    Re: Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiranthi View Post
    Not sure what is the rule in those type of sentences
    In such headlines, the to- infinitive is used. That form is, for example, to send, not to sends.

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    Re: Noun + to + verb? what is the rule

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your government quote is headline shorthand.

    This is not acceptable in normal English.
    You might find it on meeting minutes in a business environment as well. It's a list of items to be done. Anna (is) to send the email to the user group.

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