For example, if I were writing the menu options for a restaurant, how would I write something like this?

Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes. From pizza, to burgers, to shakes, to fries, to hotdogs, to sodas, and more.

Is that the correct grammar? It seems like a lot of "to"'s.

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    It's known as a "to to train". – Hot Licks Oct 14 '19 at 0:18
  • @HotLicks I looked it up on Google and did not find anything on it – pixie123 Oct 14 '19 at 1:15
  • I was pulling your string. "To to train" is a small child's pronunciation of "choo-choo train". – Hot Licks Oct 14 '19 at 3:19
  • But the repetitive "to X, to Y, to Z..." is a reasonably acceptable usage when writing in a slightly artistic style, especially if the words achieve a nice rhythm. – Hot Licks Oct 14 '19 at 3:23
  • @HotLicks See also, my answer below. – Kris Oct 14 '19 at 8:08

The above form is used with a single from and a single to, not multiples or whole lists.

Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes, from pizzas to burgers.

The range is supposed to extend from pizza all the way to burgers. In other words, every thing else is supposed to be included in between.

When the list is not homogeneous, separate sentences or clauses may be used for each type:

Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes. From pizza to burgers; from sodas to shakes.


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    The usage with multiple "to" is common (although not easy to Google). Do you have any references for the claim that it is incorrect? – Stuart F Oct 14 '19 at 11:26
  • I see no reason to use 'from... to' when simply giving a list of items. It's only appropriate with the two extremes of a range, e.g. 'from a sandwich to a three-course meal'. – Kate Bunting Oct 14 '19 at 16:26
  • @KateBunting What we have here is not "simply a list;" my answer includes the case of ranges (not necessarily extreme at all). – Kris Oct 16 '19 at 15:06
  • I meant that the OP's menu could just as well be written as a list - 'Pizza, burgers, fries, hotdogs... and more'. Saying 'from pizza to burgers' seems odd to me, as though they were supposed to be at opposite ends of a gamut of size, price or some other quality. – Kate Bunting Oct 16 '19 at 15:49
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    "Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes, including pizzas, burgers, shakes, fries, hotdogs, sodas, and more." – Joachim Nov 13 '19 at 12:05

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