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Use of "to"


Use of "to"
To make claims based on evidence is important to historians.
Am I saying it correctly? In doubt about the second "to" 

23 Aug 2015      

United Kingdom

That second ´to ´ is fine, however, you could also say, ´for historians ´ ... with a slight change in meaning. Using ´for ´ implies an objective view, that is, the general public think that this is important for historians to do,  whereas using ´to ´ means that it is important to the historians themselves. You could turn that round and say ´It ´s important for historians to make claims based on evidence. ´ Or, if you are worried about one ´to ´ quickly followed by another, you could say ´Making claims based on evidence is important to historians. ´  

23 Aug 2015     


Very precise answer!! Thanks

23 Aug 2015