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    repetition of 'TO' + infinitive after 'to be' necessary or not

    Hello everybody,

    My instinct tells me that sentence 2 is the better one (correct one):

    1- Our aim this year is to encourage the process of growth and to ensure a suitable level of returns.

    2- Our aim this year is to encourage the process of growth and ensure a suitable level of returns.


    I'm I correct?

    If so, is the 1st sentence incorrect, or just not as natural as the 2nd one?

    Thank you
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    #2

    Re: repetition of 'TO' + infinitive after 'to be' necessary or not

    I don't know why you think sentence one is incorrect. It is certainly my preference. I know just how I would say it. Also, when I read sentence two I want to put the "to" back in.

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    #3

    Re: repetition of 'TO' + infinitive after 'to be' necessary or not

    They're both fine and clear to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: repetition of 'TO' + infinitive after 'to be' necessary or not

    A tiny part of me wants to choose one of these two:

    1- Our aims this year are to encourage the process of growth and to ensure a suitable level of returns.

    2- Our aim this year is to encourage the process of growth and ensure a suitable level of returns.

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    Re: repetition of 'TO' + infinitive after 'to be' necessary or not

    [1] "Our aim this year is [to encourage the process of growth] and [to ensure a suitable level of returns]".

    [2] "Our aim this year is to [encourage the process of growth] and [ensure a suitable level of returns]".

    They are both fine and there is really nothing to choose between the two.

    The difference is a matter of syntax: your example [1] is a coordination of two verb phrases including their respective subordinators, whereas your second is a coordination of just the heads of the two verb phrases.

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