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navi tasan

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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.
 

Horsa

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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. :)
 

riverkid

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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.
 

Horsa

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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.
 

riverkid

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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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