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    there are a few bolts to take out

    a. There are a few bolts to take out to dismantle this machine.
    b. There are a few bolts to take out for us to dismantle this machine.

    c. There are a few bolts to come out to dismantle this machine.
    d. There are a few bolts to come out for us to dismantle this machine.

    Which of the above is acceptable?
    In order to dismantle this machine we have to take out a few bolts.

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    Re: there are a few bolts to take out

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
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    Which of the above is acceptable?
    In order to dismantle this machine we have to take out a few bolts.
    None of them. Your last sentence is OK.

    If your meaning is that the process of dismantling depends on no more than the removal of a few bolts, you could say 'There are a few bolts to take out. Then the machine can be dismantled.' Alternatively, if you've already removed several bolts and the darned thing still won't come apart , you could say 'There are a few more bolts to take out before the machine can be dismantled.'

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