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    why to go...

    Hi,

    My book says "I don't know why to go there." is ungrammatical.
    I don't know the reason.
    "What to do, where to go, when to start" are all grammatical.
    I don't know the differences.

    I am looking forward to your kind explanations.

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    Exclamation Re: why to go...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi,

    My book says "I don't know why to go there." is ungrammatical.
    I don't know the reason.
    "What to do, where to go, when to start" are all grammatical.
    I don't know the differences.

    I am looking forward to your kind explanations.
    "What to do, where to go, when to start" are not complete sentences. They can be termed as phrases with a pronoun (what, when, where) as head of the phrase. So they can act as subject or object of a sentence. Where as why is not a pronoun and is normally used as an adverb or a conjunction. You can feel the difference by using them in sentence.

    I donít know what to do after the meeting. (It expresses a definite meaning or thought)
    I donít know where to go after the meeting. (A complete thought)
    I donít know when to start work after the meeting. (A complete thought)

    Now if you say:

    I donít know why to go after the meeting. (What is the thought?)

    It does not work and that is the reason.

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