1. Rumwriter
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    Infinitive verb or not?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Rumwriter, Jun 18, 2015.

    Here is the sentence:
    "...offers students a context for true character development, and helps them achieve deeper conceptualization in their studies through hands-on, project-based learning."

    Or should it be:

    "...offers students a context for true character development, and helps them to achieve deeper conceptualization in their studies through hands-on, project-based learning."

    Add the "to" or no?
     
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    I feel no substantive difference. My idiolect would opt for the first example, sans to.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    I would vote for keeping the "to", but I don't think that either option is incorrect.
     
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    There is actually a very subtle difference, but they're both correct, so either is fine.
     
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    I prefer #1
     
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    I prefer the version with "to", but it's not a big deal to me.
     
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    I also prefer the 'to' because at least in my mind it's a bit more formal and sophisticated.
     
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    Adding "to" reads like a resume. Eliminate prepositional phrases/infinitive verbs/articles when possible! That's my motto.
     
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    Words like conceptualization are a distinct step away from plain English. Why this fad with lengthening words? To sound impressive? It got me focussing on the damned word, rather than the OP's question.

    What's wrong with, ... and helps them appreciate deeper concepts... ?

    Anyway, I concur with No-Name. An opportunity to pare.
     

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