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Dear Ted:

In the middle of your sentence to my question about the meaning of "get to," you wrote the following:

There is an expression used here:  Let's get back to basics.  That sentence is suggesting that we leave whatever it is we are going and RETURN to what we used to do.

My question is this:

Is anything wrong with the sentence "That sentence is suggesting that we leave whatever it is we are going and RETURN to what we used to do"? In other words, why didn't you simply write, ".....we leave whatever it is TO RETURN to what....."?

I hope I have made myself clear with the rewriting of your original sentence. What do you think?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

There is an expression used here:  Let's get back to basics.  That sentence is suggesting that we leave whatever it is we are going and RETURN to what we used to do.

My question is this:

Is anything wrong with the sentence "That sentence is suggesting that we leave whatever it is we are going and RETURN to what we used to do"? In other words, why didn't you simply write, ".....we leave whatever it is TO RETURN to what....."?

I hope I have made myself clear with the rewriting of your original sentence. What do you think?

*** You have made yourself clear, and I'm a real dummy.  Although I reviewed my answer for errors, I missed the incorrect work "going."  It should be "whatever it is we are DOING and RETURN to what we used to do."

*** Your suggestion about "we leave whatever it is to return to what . . . . " is not good.  You need to complete it with SOMETHING after "whatever it is . . .. "

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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