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    the letter to send

    a. They took the letter to send it to Patricia.
    b. They took the letter to send to Patricia.

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    My feeling is that in (a) their intention was to send to letter to Patricia.

    In (b) they took the letter that was supposed to be sent to Patricia. We are not sure what they are going to do with it.
    However it seems to me that (b) could mean the same thing as (a) as well.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: the letter to send

    It does. And for that reason a speaker would probably paraphrase it (if they wanted to convey your second meaning) - something like 'They took the letter that was meant for Patricia'.

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