I don't play chess and don't plan to start to.

  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    They're both correct. The first omits "to play chess;" it's implied. The second omits "play chess;" it's equally implied. I'd expect to hear the first more often, though.
     

    Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    The final "to" is not wrong, but it's unnecessary. I would choose the first version. (Cross-posted with Egmont.)
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    1. I don't play chess and don't plan to start.
    2. I don't play chess and don't plan to start to.

    Both sentences are correct grammar. My post is only about style.

    Sentence 1 sounds better than 2 in AmE. That is probably because sentence 1 can be "completed" as either sentence 3 or 4, while sentence 2 can only be completed as sentence 3:

    3. I don't play chess and don't plan to start to play (chess).
    4. I don't play chess and don't plan to start playing (chess).

    In AmE, sentence 4 is more natural than sentence 3, so it is used more often.
     
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