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    which sentence is correct?

    hi,I'm an English learner in China.I've met one sentence having two forms:
    All I have to do is learn English.
    All I have to do is to learn English.

    According to grammer,I think the sencond one is correct.But I really saw the first one many times also.Please help me explain the difference.In oral or written English,which one is preferred?

    thanks in advance


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    #2

    Re: which sentence is correct?

    The second one is correct.

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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by fibonacci1 View Post
    The second one is correct.
    Disclaimer:I'm not a teacher.
    Both are correct. However, we usually omit the particle "to" after the verb "do".
    "All I have to do is (to) learn English."
    Last edited by albertino; 03-Aug-2007 at 10:07.


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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Disclaimer:I'm not a teacher.
    Both are correct. However, we usually omit the particle "to" after the verb "do".
    "All I have to do is (to) learn English."
    thanks all for your replies.
    To my understanding,omitting "to" is more informal,or in oral English
    "All I have to do is to learn english" is more formal or in written english.
    is that right?
    thx

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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    "All I have to do is learn English" is more likely in any case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennywoo View Post
    thanks all for your replies.
    To my understanding,omitting "to" is more informal,or in oral English
    "All I have to do is to learn english" is more formal or in written english.
    is that right?
    thx
    Idiomatic
    or formal, so to speak.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    "All I have to do is learn English" is more likely in any case.

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    thanks all
    so i can say:
    "All I need is get a job"
    "All we talk is send off"

    these right?
    all "to" ommited?or just when "do" is used

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennywoo View Post
    Thanks all
    So I can say:
    "All I need is get a job"
    "All we talk is send off"

    Are These right?
    all "to" ommited?or just when "do" is used
    Say:
    All I need to do is get a job.
    "All we talk is send off" means what?



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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Say:
    All I need to do is get a job.
    "All we talk is send off" means what?

    sorry,or say
    "All we talk is let her go",
    right?
    by the way,All I need is get a jb,is this ok too?

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    Re: which sentence is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by dennywoo View Post
    sorry,or say
    "All we talk is let her go",
    right?
    by the way,All I need is get a jb,is this ok too?
    Say:
    All I need is to get a job.
    All I need to do is get a job.
    All I need to do is to get a job.
    Take your pick.


    By the way, what does "All we talk is let her go" mean?

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