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In order to address traffic jam and reduce carbon footprint

In order to address traffic jam and to reduce carbon footprint

Which one is correct?

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  • The to frequently gets eluded, so they are both correct in that sense. However traffic jam should be in the plural, and carbon footprint needs either a the or an our in front of it. – WS2 Oct 22 '16 at 7:18
  • These are preposition phrases, not full sentences. The second subordinator "to" is freely omissible in such coordinations. – BillJ Oct 22 '16 at 7:19
  • To me (as a Brit), there are two worse things wrong with your sentences: I would say "In order to address traffic jams and (to) reduce the carbon footprint". If English is not your first language, you may find or sister site English Language Learners more appropriate. – TrevorD Dec 21 '16 at 13:18

Technically, neither of them is incorrect. However, the first one is less wordy, sounds better, and is the one many people would choose. While using the additional preposition "to" in the second one creates a sense of parallelism in the phrase, the second "to" is not necessary. I would say the first choice is the better one!

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