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For example how would one correct the sentence "what website should I go to to upload the photo?" or is it correct already?

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@Sam It is not odd to read, and dashes would be inappropriate punctuation and would possibly make it confusing. We do not punctuate for aesthetic purposes, but for readability and understanding. –  TrevorD Jun 24 '13 at 22:43
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I didn't say the meaning changes: I said - and maintain - that it might make it more confusing, or difficult to understand, because a dash in that position creates an inappropriate break in the sentence. –  TrevorD Jun 24 '13 at 22:52
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@Sam That isn’t even a dash. It’s a hyphen. And it’s confusing. Don’t use it. –  tchrist Jun 25 '13 at 0:05
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It's a dash, don't tell me what you think it is. Cheers. –  Sam Jun 25 '13 at 0:17
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@Sam, while you may have meant a dash, you used a hyphen which is short: - A dash is a lot longer — –  Andrew Leach Jun 25 '13 at 8:47

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You do not have to correct it as it is perfectly grammatical. In fact the rules of English grammar are the very reason why the two tos occur in the first place.

It should also be noted that they are two entirely different tos, each serving a different purpose. It just so happens that they are pronounced and spelled the same, but removing one of them for that reason alone is like removing one of the words "what website" because they happen to begin with the same letter.

Sentences with three or more homonyms in a row are not unheard of, one of the most prominent examples being "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo".

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I am getting semantic satiation for the word "buffalo"... –  Phonics The Hedgehog Jun 25 '13 at 0:15
    
My personal favorite: "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher". But, "buffalo…" is all the more interesting for requiring no punctuation to be grammatical. –  p.s.w.g Jun 25 '13 at 3:18
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It is worth noting that the 'problem', so to speak, can be remediated by putting the first to at the beginning of the sentence: to what website should I go to upload the photo? –  Anonym May 16 at 19:17

As Reg says, it's perfectly correct, but if you don't like it, you could, of course, simply rephrase it:

Which website should I use to upload the photo?
Which website should I visit to upload the photo?

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or Which website should I go to in order to upload the photo? –  Jim Jun 25 '13 at 0:59
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or even, To which website should I go, in order to upload the photo? –  Mark Bannister Jun 25 '13 at 8:47
    
Of course you could rephrase anything and everything. And as the comments and other answers here demonstrate, in many different ways, too. Thus making the question not constructive, despite its being quite clear: "is it correct already?" To which the answer is quite clear as well: "yes". Everything else is only muddying the waters. –  RegDwigнt Jun 25 '13 at 9:43

If you consider this sentence acceptable:

The maid made our beds in the morning.

then you should consider yours acceptable too.

Still, the "to to" does look strange on the page, and it may be a distraction to the reader. For this reason, and for this reason alone, it might be a good idea to reword the sentence. For example:

Which website should I go to when I want to upload the photo?

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If you are not comfortable with this, I think you can build your sentence like "what website should I go to for uploading the photo?"

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You could rewrite it as

"To which website should I go to upload the photo?"

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But only if you follow the prescription about moving prepositions to the beginning of the clause in the rest of the text. Mixing the two styles would be weird. –  Pitarou Jun 25 '13 at 23:48

The sentence is fine, but you could get rid of "to" altogether with "On which website should I upload the photo?"

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