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    Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    "Expect Edwards to survive the rough spots to emerge at the end."

    Is this OK?

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    It sounds awkward.
    How about modifying it slightly to:
    "Expect Edwards to survive the rough spots and emerge at the end"

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    This is a common construction, favourite of sports commentators and film reviewers alike. However, the preposition with 'end' that is appropriate for the meaning here is 'in'. Often an adverb is included after the second infinitive, as in:
    Expect Edwards to survive the rough spots to emerge triumphant in the end.

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    Hmm. Is it he who will emerge at the end, or will the rough spots emerge at the end?

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    Is it he who will emerge at the end, or will the rough spots emerge at the end?

    That might be so with the pause after "survive" "

    Expect Edwards to survive, the rough spots to emerge triumphant in the end.
    Edwards will come out of this alive, but ii's the triumphant rough spots that go through to the finals!

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    David, what do you think of this sentence structure?

    It's one of the few times that I would recommend using "in order to" instead of just "to." I'd actually rewrite, but what do you think of it?

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    Re: Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...

    Thanks.

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