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    to or and

    In these examples could 'and' and 'to' be both used correctly:

    e.g. Go to open the window.
    Go and open the window.

    I know that the best version is with 'and' but why couldn't 'to' be used (as ' in order to open the window')?

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    #2

    Re: to or and

    [QUOTE=allthewayanime;826833]


    NOT A TEACHER


    In the United States, many speakers prefer:

    It's very hot in here. Go open the window.

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    #3

    Re: to or and

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    In these examples could 'and' and 'to' be both used correctly:

    e.g. Go to open the window.
    Go and open the window.

    I know that the best version is with 'and' but why couldn't 'to' be used (as ' in order to open the window')?
    (Not a teacher)

    The first describes the purpose for going and stresses the intention of it.
    The second doesn't.

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    #4

    Re: to or and

    The sentence 'Go to open the window' sounds very unnatural to me. For me, the instruction is always 'Go and open the window', though I have heard the AmE 'Go open the window'.

    In non-imperative sentences, 'to' is fine for purpose/intention - 'He went to open the window'.

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