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Dear Ted:

Which of the following examples is grammatically correct?

1) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I'll stop AND let you drive.

2) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I'll stop TO let you drive.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:


Which of the following examples is grammatically correct?

1) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I'll stop AND let you drive.

2) I want to get past this truck, then we can get into the right lane. When we get past, I'll stop TO let you drive.

*** The second one is correct, using just one infinitive.  The reason for your stopping is TO LET YOU DRIVE.  That infinitive phrase serves as an adverb telling WHY you are stopping.

By the way, in your two "first sentences," you should use a semi-colon instead of a comma after "truck."  You are joining two independent clauses, so you need a stronger punctuation mark than a comma.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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