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Offline Nananara

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Could you check?
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:00:49 am »
Hello. I am writing the following sentences, but I am confused in if I need be after to(infinitive).

1. You can be a better person, if you try to.
2. You can be a better person, if you try to be.
3. You should be it, if you want to.
4. You should be it, if you want to be.



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Re: Could you check?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 09:24:01 am »
1. You can be a better person, if you try to. - Yes: but the "to" is not necessary nor is the comma. You can be a better person if you try
2. You can be a better person, if you try to be. - Yes: that is fine but see #1 above.
3. You should be it, if you want to.
4. You should be it, if you want to be.
In #3 and #4, I would prefer "could" to "should". "Could" has a sense of possibility which depends on whether or not you try. See my previous comments about the comma and the end of the sentence.

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Duncan

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Re: Could you check?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 10:44:56 am »
Thank you so much.
I thought that be was needed.

In the following, "to" is not necessary?
We didn't think that John could be an excellent doctor, but he tried to.

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Re: Could you check?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2020, 10:50:52 am »
Either no "to" or the full infinitive "to be."
...but he tried.
...but he tried to be.
or even
...but he tried to be one.
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Re: Could you check?
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 11:13:34 am »
Thank you so much.

So, "be" cannot be unnecessary at any time?