Excellent managers want their team to grow, to take on additional responsibility, and

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Excellent managers want their team to grow, to take on additional responsibility, and to mentor others.

Which of the following analysis OK? It is a bit confusing.


1)Excellent managers want their team to grow, (want their team) to take on additional responsibility, and (want) to mentor others.
2)Excellent managers want their team to grow, (want ) to take on additional responsibility, and (want) to mentor others.


Source: Open Forum 3 Chapter 10
 

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I think they want their team to grow, (want their team) to take on additional responsibility, and (want their team) to mentor others.
 

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The correct analysis would be:
Excellent managers want their team to grow, (want their team ) to take on additional responsibility, and (want their team) to mentor others.

Lets break down this sentence into small bits so that its easier to understand...

Excellent managers
is the subject, want is the verb, their team is the direct object
to grow, to take, to mentor are infinitives functioning like adjectives modifying the direct object their team

In order for your analysis to be correct, you would have to write...
Excellent managers want to mentor others, and want their team to grow and to take on additional responsibility.

1)Excellent managers want their team to grow, (want their team) to take on additional responsibility, and (want) to mentor others.

Excellent mangers want their team to grow, and want to take on additional responsibility and to mentor others.

2)Excellent managers want their team to grow, (want ) to take on additional responsibility, and (want) to mentor others.

Check these out for more info:
Infinitives - http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/infinitive.htm
Parallel Structure - http://examples.yourdictionary.com/parallel-structure-examples.html


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Excellent managers want their team​s to grow, to take on additional responsibility, and to mentor others. ​

That sentence says that excellent managers want three things:

​- (for) their teams to grow.
- to take on additional responsibility.
- to mentor others.

But it's awkward and unnatural because the three items don't quite match. So it's no surprise that you're having trouble with it.

Which of the following analyses is OK? It is a bit confusing.

1)Excellent managers want their teams to grow ​and take on additional responsibility, and ​they want to mentor others.

2)Excellent managers want their teams to grow ​and want to take on additional responsibility ​and mentor others.

Neither means the same thing as the original sentence.

Source: Open Forum 3 Chapter 10

All excellent managers don't share one team, so team should be pluralized. There are as many teams as there are managers.
 
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