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    Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Which one of this is correct and suits the best?

    A: Who was the first person to produce a lighter?
    B: Who was the first person who produced a lighter?
    C: Who was the first person that produced a lighter?

    It is a heading, but I also use this construction in the sentence, i.e.:

    "So, we might ask ourselves A/B/C"
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    #2

    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    I'd use A.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Hmm... OK, I thought A sounds good, but yesterday you corrected my sentence "Which one of the blue expressions (if any) to use?". Why "to" doesn't fit here, and fits above?
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Not all the "wh-" questions (and "how" questions) attract the same construction.
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    I get that. Let me rephrase the question; is there a rule when to use "to" (in such constructions)? Or it's just something that I have to learn by ear?
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Quote Originally Posted by lupicatulum View Post
    "Which one of the blue expressions (if any) to use?". Why "to" doesn't fit here, and fits above?
    Because a finite verb doesn't exist there but exists in the thread title.
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Aaaaah... Nice Matthew! Thanks!
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Quote Originally Posted by lupicatulum View Post
    I get that. Let me rephrase the question; is there a rule governing when to use "to" (in such constructions) (no question mark here) or it's is it just something that I have to learn by ear from experience?
    See above.
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Thank you. Shouldn't (always) before "or" come comma?
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    Re: Who was the first person to produce (something)?

    Should there always be a comma before "or"?
    No, not always.

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