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    #1

    Skipping "to"

    Sentences:

    1. I would like to go and check the facts and then respond to you in writing to give you specifics.

    2.

    a. I would like you to go to the lab and to bring back the results for Test B.

    b. I would like you to go to the lab and bring back the results for Test B.

    3.

    a. I would like you to check the emails and to respond in an appropriate time frame.

    b. I would like you to check the emails and respond in an appropriate time frame.

    4.

    a. I like to swim in the summer, to ski in the winter, and to play games in the fall.

    b. I like to swim in the summer, ski in the winter, and play games in the fall.

    Are all sentences gramatically correct?

    Skipping "to" in the sentences acceptable without making any change in the meaning?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Skipping "to"

    Yes the repeated use of "to" makes the sentence sound awkward and would not be used normally.

    Only the first "to" is necesary to show intend then the list can be made of what you want "to" do.

    I want to go to bed, get up, eat, go to work, get home and go to bed again.

    In this sentence to cannot be skipped in every case. The infinitive "go to" remains.

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    Re: Skipping "to"

    Is skipping okay in formal North American essay writing though?

    Also, what is the skipping called in grammar books?
    Last edited by vcolts; 29-Nov-2009 at 09:55.

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