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Quote Fatum Replybullet Topic: Grammar nazi needed ;)
    Posted: July/20/2012 at 12:52am
Hey guys,

I'm thinking of getting my first tattoo, but I'm not really sure on how it would be grammatically correct.

The sentence I'm thinking of getting is:
"It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness "
OR would it have to be
"It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness," ?

I'm actually thinking both are correct because it might not be necessary to repeat the "to". But I'm not 100% sure and I don't want to end up one some tattoofail website or anything ;-)
Some people might think, than get it in your native language, but I don't really like it in Dutch :p

Thanks in advance ;)

Edited by Fatum - July/20/2012 at 12:53am
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Quote ihaveonlyme Replybullet Posted: July/20/2012 at 7:52am
In my opinion, it's more aesthetically appealing without the "To" but it seems to roll off the tongue better with the "To."
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Quote Coopdaloop Replybullet Posted: July/20/2012 at 1:37pm
 I like the way the first one sounds,but they both sound good so really its just one of those decisions on one or the other.
 
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Quote evalution Replybullet Posted: July/20/2012 at 5:11pm
i think that because the preposition is being used in two different parts of the sentence, it's appropriate to use it both times. i also think it sounds better to use "to" twice rather than once.

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Quote FLPierce Replybullet Posted: July/20/2012 at 5:35pm
The first way is fine, the second "to" is implied.

It reads better without both to's, but...

If you want to use both I would use it is instead of it's.

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness," is another way to go.

Edited by FLPierce - July/20/2012 at 5:40pm
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Quote TR_966 Replybullet Posted: July/20/2012 at 8:11pm
Agree with the above. I would change "It's" to It Is.
As for the one or two to's that could really go either way, I have seen in many times both ways and either seems to be fine. 
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Quote ShellBell93 Replybullet Posted: July/27/2012 at 5:32am
I prefer the second, "to curse the darkness". Sounds better,
But yes... Change to 'it is' :-)
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Quote Fatum Replybullet Posted: July/27/2012 at 5:59am
I'm gonna change it to "It is" , does sound and look better :)

Still really hesitant about the one "to" or two :p
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Quote BigMikeHOOKED Replybullet Posted: July/27/2012 at 8:32pm
2 to's
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Quote AlecTrosex Replybullet Posted: July/28/2012 at 12:53am
Technically speaking you are adding an informal voice or mood by omitting the "to" from an infinitive. Both are "correct." If you want a "mood" neutral or "formal" sentence I would suggest the form "to curse." If you want the sentence to have a "casual" mood or "spoken quality," I would omit it.
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