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    #1

    They set to without further delay to discuss

    They set to without further delay to discuss the steps that must be taken.
    (W.S. Maugham; The Vessel of Wrath)

    Can I, following the example, say "They decided to without further delay to...", "They tried to without further delay to..."?
    (I'm not trying to convey the same thought as in the original, but rather the same structure.)

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    Re: They set to without further delay to discuss

    No. In the Maugham example set to is a phrasal verb meaning began.

    In your sentences the first to is redundant.

    Rover

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    Re: They set to without further delay to discuss

    Would the following sound acceptable then:

    "We set to to discuss..."

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    Re: They set to without further delay to discuss

    Yes, that's fine. The first to is pronounced too.

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