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    #1

    with or without "to"

    "...and now I am here, waiting for something to happen".

    please, is the preposition "to" mandatory in this sentence?

    thanks.

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    #2

    Re: with or without "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "...and now I am here, waiting for something to happen".

    please, is the preposition "to" mandatory in this sentence?

    thanks.
    Yes .To happen.
    To happen is infinitive without it the sentence is incomplete and meaningless.
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    #3

    Re: with or without "to"

    Yes, I believe so.
    "for...to + verb" is used here, I think.

    Please forgive me if I'm wrong.(I'm not a native speaker of English.)


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    #4

    Re: with or without "to"

    You need to.
    To wait for something to happen.

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    #5

    Re: with or without "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "...and now I am here, waiting for something to happen".

    please, is the preposition "to" mandatory in this sentence?

    thanks.
    To go,to speak,to listen to come ..are infinitives.It is a verb form that shows no person,tense or aspect.Ref:Grammar glossary.The verb is preceded by to.
    To listen -To can't be dispensed with.
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    Last edited by rj1948; 09-Jun-2008 at 03:12.

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    #6
    "...and now I am here, waiting for something to happen".
    Example of sentence which the 'to' is discarded:

    I am here to make/let things happen.

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    #7

    Re: with or without "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Example of sentence which the 'to' is discarded:

    I am here to make/let things happen.

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    Thanks.
    You use ,the infinitive to make/to let instead of to happen.To make things happen is as good as to happen . There is no difference.
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    Last edited by rj1948; 09-Jun-2008 at 04:07.

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