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    Infinitive phrases

    Which is better in a string of infinitive phrases?

    "I want to preserve vigorously, protect mightly, defend fiercely and defeat quickly...."
    vs
    "I want to preserve vigorously, to protect mightily, to defend fiercely, and to defeat quickly...."


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    Re: Infinitive phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by wchumphreys View Post
    Which is better in a string of infinitive phrases?

    "I want to preserve vigorously, protect mightly, defend fiercely and defeat quickly...."
    vs
    "I want to preserve vigorously, to protect mightily, to defend fiercely, and to defeat quickly...."
    I'd split the first infinitive, WC, and move all the other adverbs in front of the verbs. I like the first one better, though I can see that there could be a palce for the style used in the second sentence.

    "I want to vigorously preserve, mightily protect, fiercely defend and quickly defeat ...."

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