for sightseeing and <to> visit

WellsKao

New Member
Chinese, Taiwan
I have been confused by the following 2 sentences. Can anybody here help me clarify my doubt, please?

1) I plan to fly to Tokyo for sightseeing and to visit some Japanese friends.
2) I plan to fly to Tokyo for sightseeing and visit some Japanese friends.
 
  • Snowman75

    Senior Member
    Australia (English)
    I believe both are grammatically correct, however they potentially imply a different structure.

    The first sentence can be interpreted in at least two different ways:
    (1a) I plan to fly to Tokyo [for sightseeing] and [to visit some Japanese friends].
    (1b) I plan [to fly to Tokyo for sightseeing] and [to visit some Japanese friends].

    The second sentence can only be interpreted one way:
    (2) I plan to [fly to Tokyo for sightseeing] and [visit some Japanese friends].

    The problem is that in (1b) and (2) the phrase before the "and" is too long and the sentence doesn't sound very good as a result. The only sentence that sounds natural is (1) and it will probably be interpreted as (1a), not (1b).

    If you simplify (2) so that the phrase before the "and" is shorter, then it will sound more natural and will be easier to understand as a grammatically correct sentence:

    I plan to fly to Tokyo and visit some Japanese friends.
     
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