declare

Discussion in 'English Only' started by mimi2, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Hi,
    Could I use “to + infinitive ” for the verb “declare”?
    “In 1872, Congress declared Yellowstone to be the first national park.”
    Thank you.

     
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    You could use "to be" in that sentence. I think "declared it as the first national park" and especially "declared it the first national park" are more idiomatic.
     
  3. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Thank you, bibliolept.
    Could I use "that"?
    >> In 1872, Congress declared that Yellowstone should be the first national park.
    If I didn't use "should", is it correct? Or is it a must?
    >> In 1872, Congress declared that Yellowstone will be the first national park.
    >> In 1872, Congress declared that Yellowstone is the first national park.
    Thanks.
     
  4. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    The most natural choice, in my opinion, would be "declared that Yellowstone would be." It is still not that idiomatic. If I were editing the above sentence, I would probably change it to "declared Yellowstone the first national park" or "declared it as the first national park."
     

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