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    from British government to science, to politics, to religion, and to society's

    Hi,

    - Gulliver's Travels is a parody of the travel journals famous during Swift's time. In the story, he satirizes everything from British government to science, politics, religion, and society's vanity in general.

    I found the above sentence on the net and I'd like to ask if it is OK to put an extra 'to' before the words 'politics', 'religion' and 'society' for emphasis.

    - Gulliver's Travels is a parody of the travel journals famous during Swift's time. In the story, divided into four book, he satirizes everything from British government to science, to politics, to religion, and to society's vanity in general.

    The repetition of 'to', I think, sounds bad but I also gather that it could be OK to put an extra 'to' only before 'society.'

    Thanks.

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    Re: from British government to science, to politics, to religion, and to society's

    You could put "to" before them all but I wouldn't.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: from British government to science, to politics, to religion, and to society's

    Yes, that's too much. I would not put two 'to' either. If you only have three items, you can say, "... from government to science to politics." I wouldn't use more than that. And I wouldn't add a 'to' on the end of a long list if there's one at the beginning.

    "From A to B to C".
    "From A to B, C, D, and E".
    "From A, B, C, and D to E". is possible. This would be more common if A, B, C, and D were related.
    "From A to B, C, D, and to E." - I wouldn't write this.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 01-Jan-2016 at 11:53. Reason: Correct small typo.

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