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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:15 am    Post subject: abbreviation of a verb Reply with quote

If it is successful, the Trump administration could come closer than any Republican White House has to achieving a goal conservatives have longed for since the New Deal: curtailing the reach of a federal government they say has grown far too large and invasive.

The above should be corrected to below?

If it is successful, the Trump administration could come closer than any Republican White House has come to achieving a goal conservatives have longed for ....


A reason:
The first 'come' is a bare infinitive while the second 'come' is a past participle. So the second one should not be omitted.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite interesting to me. I understand your correction and the reason behind it, and it's not wrong. However, I didn't notice anything until you pointed it out.
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