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On our website's homepage we have the following sentence:

We make our software to be as flexible as possible so you can maintain and visualize the data that is important to YOU.

One of my friends insists it should be:

We make our software as flexible as possible so you can maintain and visualize the data that is important to YOU.

Which one of these is grammatically correct and why? Are both wrong?

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#2 is correct, but I don't know why that is. However, if you use "want" instead of "make", #1 would be correct. –  waiwai933 Nov 24 '10 at 3:46
    
I will add that CAPS ON THE INTERNET MEAN SHOUTING. As your prospective customer, I don't want YOU to shout at ME. Use italics for emphasis. –  RegDwigнt Nov 24 '10 at 7:35
    
Thanks RegDwight –  basarat Nov 24 '10 at 7:41
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I'm not sure about the grammatical rules, but your friend is right in terms of style. 1) definitely reads like it was literally translated from another language.

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Thank you for your response. –  basarat Nov 24 '10 at 6:18
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Both look correct to me, though the first is rather stilted. (Unnecessary words are usually poor style, too.)

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Thank you for your response. –  basarat Nov 24 '10 at 6:18
    
I guess in this case it is better "not to be" :) –  basarat Nov 24 '10 at 6:19
    
@Basarat Ali: Thwack. <-- my standard response to all things pun-like. –  Marthaª Nov 24 '10 at 15:05
    
@Martha Rofl! lol <-- to fill the remainder characters. –  basarat Nov 24 '10 at 15:23
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