After the colon, should I use “to speak” and then “to be” or just the bare infinitives in the following sentence:

Now, you can see what the two necessary conditions were in order to stay here: (to) respect these old men and (to) be an honest man.

  • 2
    There's no semicolon; it's a colon, followed by conjoined infinitive phrases. You can use either both bare infinitives, both with to, or the first one with to and the second one bare. Not the opposite arrangement, however - conjunction reduction deletes only the second to, not the first. Mar 12 at 0:29
  • 1
    I am correcting my typo. Thank you.
    – Roberto
    Mar 12 at 1:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.