I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right:

Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next.

The first two are just options for actions on the website (you can discover, and you can collaborate,) and the third is the option to create what's next.

However, it seems like creating what's next is the object here, and collaborate would thus require "on" for it to make sense since you can't "collaborate what's next".

The question is (I think) can you have an intransitive verb, set off by another infinitive, followed by a transitive verb with an object without the previous verbs also having to modify it?


p.s. this could be fixed with recasting it e.g., "The place to discover and create what's next—together." but in this particular case (my job) that would require a lot of time (coding).

Merci d'Avance!

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    I agree with your analysis that the sentence should read, "Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate on, and create what's next." That sounds fine to my ear. Do you find it objectionable? Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 20:18
  • I do find it objectionable – to the ear – because ON makes the jingle quality of the sentence disappear Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 20:21
  • @Mark Hubbard Yes, but the prep "on" requires a complement, and there isn't one anywhere to be seen. I can't see anything wrong with the OP's example, as written.
    – BillJ
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 20:22
  • @BillJ "Collaborate on what's next." Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 20:28
  • @ Mark Hubbard I know what you mean, but "create" doesn't take the prep "on", so it doesn't seem to work: *collaborate and create on what's next. I still think the OP's original sentence is fine where "collaborate" has no complement at all.
    – BillJ
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 20:49

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The United States Declaration of Independence refers to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".  Converting this to verbs, we get "live, be free, and pursue happiness".  Or one could say "restaurant X is a good place to eat, drink, and watch sports on television."  So it seems that you can have intransitive verbs, followed by a transitive verb with an object, without the previous verbs also having to refer to it.

On the other hand, if the sentence means "... discover what's next, collaborate on what's next, and create what's next," then that's a somewhat different kettle of fish.  But I would question whether you can "discover" and "create" in parallel — you discover things that already exist, and you create (or invent) things that don't.

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