Student or Learner
1-"This first thing you must do is start confiding in people close to you – stop protecting this guy."
2-This first thing you must do is to start …
Which structure satisfies English grammar rules: an infinitive without the particle "to" or an infinitive with the particle "to?"
Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 22-Dec-2012 at 18:11.
Dear 5jj says that you can use bare infinitive or infinitive over here. Anyway, from what I understand, both are correct and their usage depends on ones viewpoint. Thank you, bhai and 5jj, immensely!
here that both were possible. I was making the point that the bare infinitive and the to- infinitive were possible; the gerund was not. I did not address your question about the difference between the two possible forms. Bhaisahab has addressed that point.
It would have been better if you had linked to my initial response in your first post in this thread, rather than dropping it in after bhai had responded.
I see, thank you.
In post #4 in this thread, I got the word dear struck through. Today I learned that we shouldnt use the word friend unless we know whom we address. Also, I want to know if that applies to the word dear.
P.S.: Please note that 5jj told me not to open a new thread when the follow-up question relates to the original post. So, I prefer not to ignore his advice. Thank you.