Which one of the following example sentences are correct/more appropriate?

  1. It is better to laugh than cry.

  2. It is better to laugh than to cry.

Some general tips would be helpful.


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Both ways of saying it are correct. However, no. 2 is more appropriate, i think.

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    Agreed. #2 uses infinitive phrases for each and so it is parallel. Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 16:06

No 2 sounds better. There's no grammatical rule that I know of.

As our Italian teacher sometimes used to tell us, "Suona meglio!" It simply sounds better!

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    That would be a reasonable comment but isn't much of an answer. The question asks for useful tips or guidelines.
    – itsbruce
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 15:45
  • There aren't any; sometimes it's simply a matter of usage. Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 12:42

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