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    #1

    the only to win

    Hi,

    I asked the question on this pace https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...e-to-win/page2 whether the sentence ''He's the oldest athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal.'' is the same as ''He's the oldest athlete ever to have won an Olympic gold medal.'' and was answered 'yes.'

    I'd like to ask if we can apply that to 'the only + infinitive' structure.

    - She's the only scientist to have won three Nobel prizes. (This sentence is from Michael Swan's "Practical English Usage," page 259, too)

    My question is: Can we put 'to win' instead of 'to have won'

    - She's the only scientist to win three Nobel prizes.

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    Last edited by ademoglu; 17-Sep-2015 at 12:19. Reason: amended 'scientist'

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    #2

    Re: the only to win

    That seems acceptable to me.

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    #3

    Re: the only to win

    In AmE, we would not use use "scientific" as a noun. We use "scientist".

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    #4

    Re: the only to win

    It must have been a typo. Mine (Third Edition, on page 260) clearly says "scientist".

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    #5

    Re: the only to win

    Sorry for that. It is my mistake and let me amend it.

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