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    Post with or without 'to'

    Dear teachers,

    Can you please tell me in the following sentence we should use 'to' or not?

    'If we want to buy someone a gift, the first thing we need to do is to find out what are the things they enjoy'

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    Exclamation Re: with or without 'to'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Can you please tell me in the following sentence we should use 'to' or not?

    'If we want to buy someone a gift, the first thing we need to do is to find out what are the things they enjoy'
    You need 'to' after the verb 'is'. Excepting certain verbs, such as hear, see, make, let, after the object where bare inifinitive is a necessity, else where you need infinitive with ‘to’
    I did not see him enter the house.
    I cannot make you do this work.
    I can't let you go to bedhungry..

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    Re: with or without 'to'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Can you please tell me in the following sentence if we should use 'to' or not.

    The above is not a question, so you shouldn't put a question mark at the end.

    'If we want to buy someone a gift, the first thing we need to do is to find out what are the things they enjoy'
    That "to" is optional.
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    Re: with or without 'to'

    Dear 2006,
    Thanks for your correctness!

    'If we want to buy someone a gift, the first thing we need to do is to find out what things they enjoy'
    That "to" is optional.

    Does 'optional' mean both '...is to find out...' and '...is find out...' are correct?

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    Re: with or without 'to'

    Yes. If something is optional, it is correct with it, and it is correct without it.
    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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