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maestrowork
07-27-2006, 11:40 PM
This one trips me up sometimes:

Which is correct?

"The best thing to do is to leave everything behind."

or

"The best thing to do is leave everything behind."

----

"We have no choice but leave everything behind."

or

"We have no choice but to leave everything behind."

WriterInChains
07-28-2006, 12:08 AM
Hiya,

I'd go with your 2nd sentence both times.

I'm not 100% on #1, though. Sometimes my journalism background makes me overthink these things. :)

So, when's your next book coming out? My "to read" pile is only 3 feet high, I'm getting nervous.;)

:)
C

reph
07-28-2006, 12:38 AM
My "to read" pile is only 3 feet high...Or would that be your "read" pile? (Assume a long "e.")

Okay, back to the topic. First pair of sentences: either is acceptable in speech, but the second is more casual. I'd use the second one in most kinds of writing. Second pair: the "to" is needed.