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    Greetings, Sir/Mdm

    I'm unsure of some aspects to the following sentence:

    - WE URGE EVERYONE TO CARRY A DONOR CARD GIVING PERMISSION FOR THEIR HEALTHY ORGANS TO BE DONATED IN THE EVENT OF THEIR DEATH.

    1) Is the "to" a preposition or a conjunction/connector?
    2) Instead of using the words "giving permission for.....", can I rephrase them with --> "....carry a donor card that gives permission for their....."
    3) "...organs to be donated in the event of their death" --> their deaths or their death since their is plural?

    Thank you for teaching me.

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    #2

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    1. Neither. "To" is an infinitive.

    2. Yes, "giving" can be replaced with "that gives"

    3. "Death" should be singular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "To" is an infinitive.
    The Oxford Dictionaries say it is an infinitive marker.

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    #4

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    We always use to + infinitive after "urge".

    I urge you to carry a donor card.
    He urged them to attend the meeting.
    The teacher urged her students to work hard.
    The police are urging the public to come forward with any information.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    @tedmc - for question (2), "....carry a donor card that gives permission for their....." and "...carry a donor card giving permission...." both sound right to me. However, I do not know the grammatical rule that upholds the use of "giving permission" in the sentence. Kindly help me to understand why we can use "giving" in the sentence.

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    Both are accepted ways to modify/qualify "donor card"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I do not know the grammatical rule that upholds the use of "giving permission" in the sentence.
    'Giving' is a present participle modifying the noun before it.

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