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I have a simple question. I need to describe a small list of goals. Let's say I have three:

  • to develop my language learning skills
  • to speak french fluently with friends
  • to read books in italian.

I want to put them all into one sentence. My question is, which one is more standard?

My main goals are to develop my language learning skills, to speak french fluently with friends, and to read books in italian.

or

My main goals are to develop my language learning skills, speak french fluently with friends, and read books in italian.

?

Edit: this is not a duplicate of "to + verb" at the beginning of each bullet point vs. single "to" + multiple verbs In that question, bullets are used, whereas I am using a comma separated list in a single sentence. I think they are different situations and it's good to have both answers around.

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Both of your examples are good English (apart from the fact that French and Italian require an upper-case initial). If I were forced to pick I might say that the first one is stylistically superior. But only slightly.

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    I agree. I would say that the first sounds a bit more formal than the second. I tried to look this up in a style guide of manual, but I could not find any that commented on this. I did found a online reference: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01 – hidde vuijk Oct 18 '16 at 9:13

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