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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    the way/for/that/if

    Which is correct:

    1-The only way to carry it is for me to hold the heavy end and for you to hold the light end.
    2-The only way to carry it is that I hold the heavy end and you hold the light end.
    3-The only way to carry it is if I hold the heavy end and you hold the light end.

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    Re: the way/for/that/if

    The first is fine by me. The second I don't like at all. The third needs a comma but I've heard people say it often.

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    riverkid is offline Banned
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    Re: the way/for/that/if

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-The only way to carry it is for me to hold the heavy end and for you to hold the light end.
    2-The only way to carry it is that I hold the heavy end and you hold the light end.
    3-The only way to carry it is if I hold the heavy end and you hold the light end.
    I agree with Horsa except I think that the second could be used if someone was being quite strident about thr proper way to do this.

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    Re: the way/for/that/if

    Yes Riverkid is right - the second would be acceptable if, for example, there were some dispute between the two parties as to the best way to do it.

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    riverkid is offline Banned
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    Re: the way/for/that/if

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    Yes Riverkid is right - the second would be acceptable if, for example, there were some dispute between the two parties as to the best way to do it.
    I agree with Horsa agreeing with me.

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