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Here is a sentence:

You have to be nice to alleviate the social anxiety and start a healthy relationship.

Should it be like that or like this:

You have to be nice to alleviate the social anxiety and to start a healthy relationship."

The first does not have a to, but the second does. Which should I use, and why? Or doesn’t it matter?

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  • Either. The first actually reads a hair smoother. – Hot Licks Mar 17 '15 at 2:45
  • More like "Have a good reason to repeat'em." – John Lawler Mar 17 '15 at 2:54
  • ... or delete 'em. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 21 '15 at 19:24