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.


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. – FeliniusRex Jun 13 '14 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 Nov 19 '14 at 15:45
  • There aren't any; sometimes it's simply a matter of usage. – Stephen Gosden Nov 26 '14 at 12:42

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