Can the clause "in order to" be used in a simple sentence? I'm confused... Please let me know...

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    What is a 'simple sentence' according to you? We need more context in order to understand your question. We're confused. Please let us know. – NVZ Feb 22 '17 at 19:21
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    We can judge better when you offer an example, since to will almost always substitute perfectly for in order to. – Yosef Baskin Feb 22 '17 at 19:44
  • I added this comment in order to give an example. – Airymouse Feb 22 '17 at 22:38

Generally speaking, in order to may be substituted with to. Anyhow, In order to is a rather formal expression and is not often to be found in general conversations.

Let me show you its proper usage based on a few examples:

  • I went to my friend's house in order to study.
  • She worked hard in order to pass her exam.
  • We took the taxi in order to save time.

To answer your question, in order to may be used in a simple sentence, as instructed above. As you can see, in order to can be replaced with to in those examples demonstrated.

For further information, I'd strongly recommend you to check this out: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/linking-words-and-expressions/in-order-to

Hope this helps.


It depends on the sentence, but it can be used. As in: He took a book with him in order to have something to read on the train.

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