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    Are Double Infinitives acceptable

    like "to have the opportunity to take a first look at the blog's first post," as opposed to "to have the opportunity of taking a first look at the blog's first post."

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    Re: Are Double Infinitives acceptable

    Hello David, and welcome to Using English.
    Your first example is fine.
    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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    Re: Are Double Infinitives acceptable

    You can also use two infinitives in a row where appropriate. I'm going to try to think of some examples:
    "You have to work to make money."
    "I had to swim to save the drowning man."
    "You have to want to teach to make any difference."

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