I'm sorry about the title - I'm not sure which rules of grammar apply to this question.

I'm trying to decide the correctness of the following sentences.

1) The carpenter will bring a hammer and be able to use it.
2) The carpenter will bring a hammer and will be able to use it.

Sentence 1) looks like it could be parsed incorrectly as:

The carpenter will bring [a hammer] and the carpenter will bring [be able to use it].

Sentence 2) could suffer from a similar parsing error.

Is either sentence grammatically correct, in that the sentence parses to the following?

The carpenter will bring a hammer and the carpenter will be able to use the hammer.

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    Both work.​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Mike Graham Dec 28 '19 at 3:48
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    The first sounds almost unnatural. The second is even worse. This is less a matter of grammar, but style, see Garden Path Sentence. If something is ambiguous that doesn't yet falsify its syntax. I'm sure a similar question has been asked a hundred times before, but I don't know exactly what key words to search for. – vectory Dec 28 '19 at 3:54
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    Does this answer your question? Repeating "to" and "will" in enumerations of verbs – vectory Dec 28 '19 at 4:02
  • I think the second is better than the first, actually. – Jim Dec 28 '19 at 4:47

Neither have solecism, but I'd go with the former as it eliminates redundancy and maintains brevity.

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