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Dear teachers,
In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Jiang
 

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jiang said:
Dear teachers,
In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Jiang

Parallelism exists at many levels in a sentence. In this case one can have parallelism with "[in which to] A and B" or "[in which] to A and to B. The parellism depends on where one draws the brackets for the common piece.

In this sentence, the "to expect" is a problem for me. One does not go to college "to expect" the real world. I think "think about" would work better.
 

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jiang said:
Dear teachers,
In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Jiang

I agree with Mike. I think the problem is with expect. I don't know what it is supposed to mean to expect the real world. I would delete expect and from that sentence.

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jiang said:
Dear teachers,
In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Jiang

I agree with Mike. I think the problem is with expect. I don't know what it is supposed to mean to expect the real world. I would delete expect and from that sentence.

:)

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