Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    dihen is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • (Afan) Oromo
      • Home Country:
      • Aaland
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Is it incorrect to omit the infinitive "to" after a conjunction, like in these below?

    "He told me to be patient and () study well."
    "It is your choice to be successful or () be unsuccessful.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,553
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    No, it isn't incorrect, although it isn't necessary.

  3. #3
    dihen is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • (Afan) Oromo
      • Home Country:
      • Aaland
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    although it isn't necessary.
    "Isn't necessary to omit the "to"" or "isn't necessary to leave it there"?

  4. #4
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    It isn't necessary to have it there.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Omitting "to" is not so common in English. Using infinitive with "to" is preferable.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    150
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Is it incorrect to omit the infinitive "to" after a conjunction, like in these below?
    "He told me to be patient and () study well."
    "It is your choice to be successful or () be unsuccessful.
    He told me to be patient and study well. (correct)
    He told me to be patient and to study well. (correct)

    It is your choice to be successful or to be unsuccessful. (correct)
    It is your choice to be successful or unsuccessful. (correct)

  7. #7
    dihen is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • (Afan) Oromo
      • Home Country:
      • Aaland
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Is it correct to omit the "to" after the "and" here?
    `
    to love and not hate
    to succeed and not fail

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    No, here with "to" is much better.

  9. #9
    dihen is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • (Afan) Oromo
      • Home Country:
      • Aaland
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    475
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Quote Originally Posted by kristinita View Post
    No, here with "to" is much better.
    But it's not (syntactically) ungramatical, is it?
    Last edited by dihen; 22-Aug-2006 at 05:04.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: omitting the infinitive "to" after a conjunction?

    Sure. It's Ok

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Split infinitive, again
    By M56 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 21-Sep-2005, 21:19
  2. about 'to + infinitive'
    By sariputra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-May-2005, 09:11
  3. Infinitive "to"
    By Euterpe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Apr-2005, 00:32
  4. What isn't a split infinitive?
    By M56 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 14-Feb-2005, 17:34
  5. infinitive
    By whl626 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 23-Nov-2003, 03:25

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •