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Does 'as' take bare infinitive?

This is an example of parallelism. The full statement is "It is as difficult to swim as it is difficult to drive." "As" is functioning as a conjunction, bringing together two ...
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Does 'as' take bare infinitive?

This construction has nothing to do with the equative marker as or the comparative marker than. They appear in equative and comparative constructions, where they have their own jobs. They don't ...
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With adjective uses of the to-infinitive like 'a place to live in', is the preposition 'in' necessary?

This is, as Lawler notes, a fixed phrase. But it works with other infinitives also: you can say "a place to eat" but not *"a park to eat" or *"I eat the place." ...
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Passive of verb "let" : with or without "to"

In the case of let go, go is a particle (a one-word non-expandable phrase functioning as complement to the verb) and hence does not allow to. Same goes for slip in let slip. Compare the acceptability ...
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If "to X" signifies an infinitive, what form is the phrase "to be able to X", and can it be split?

The predicate adjective (be) able is a periphrastic modal. That means it's periphrastic (Greek for "paraphrased"), and it's a modal. Not a modal auxiliary verb, but an idiomatic construction ...
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If "to X" signifies an infinitive, what form is the phrase "to be able to X", and can it be split?

This is an excellent question. How do we describe the sentence pattern "[subject] + [form of to be] + able + [to-infinitive]"? I would describe it this way. We are using an adjective that ...
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If "to X" signifies an infinitive, what form is the phrase "to be able to X", and can it be split?

"To slowly walk" is a split infinitive which is sometimes frowned upon, in which case "slowly to walk" or "to walk slowly" is often preferred. As far as I'm aware, "...
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May I start a sentence with a verb "develop" or do I need to use "to"?

It looks like you're making a bulleted list, so you have some leeway in how you choose to structure it - you're not limited to complete, fully grammatical sentences, you may also choose to structure ...

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