For example;

I suggest you to edit your question and state what exactly your question is in order to the question to be opened.

Is using a noun after in order to in such a sentence grammatically correct ?

  • If you do something in order to X, X will always be a verb (and it's to X because that's normally how we use "infinitive" verbs). Aug 12, 2016 at 18:04
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    @Leth Suggest reveals the subjunctive here, and takes the bare infinitive in that usage: "I suggest (that) you edit your question..." Aug 12, 2016 at 18:35

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The sentence quoted is grammatically incorrect. It should state "in order for the question to be opened."

This is most likely an error in editing: The writer starts with "... in order to open the question" decides to rephrase, but fails to change the "to" to a "for".


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In order to +noun

Not in order for+noun

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  • Hi. Welcome to ELL! Interesting. Could you also include in your answer the title of the book and its author's name?
    – Eddie Kal
    Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03

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