The box is too heavy for me to lift it.

The box is too heavy for me to lift.

I want to know whether I need to put ***object in *too for object to infinitive * structure.

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    It's entirely your choice - which won't affect the meaning one way or the other. But most people don't include "it" (that's over 3000 hits in Google Books, compared to just 123 for the longer version). – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '16 at 16:14
  • @FumbleFingers The longer version has only one obvious hit (in Ключі. Типові проблеми англійського слововживання. [англ./укр.].: Ключі до вправ). The rest are either false positives or inconclusive results (we can't see the texts). – Damkerng T. Oct 1 '16 at 16:40
  • @Damkerng T.: That suggests referring back to the original noun with a pronoun like this is even less common than I thought, but I still wouldn't say it's exactly "non-idiomatic" to do so in OP's exact context. On the other hand, if we discard for me, I'm inclined to think something like My car is too heavy to lift it would be so unlikely I'd be happy to say that's non-idiomatic. – FumbleFingers Oct 1 '16 at 16:55
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    This is ungrammatical: The box is too heavy to lift it. Does adding for me to the sentence make it grammatical? I don't think so. I would consider it "marginal". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 1 '16 at 17:53
  • I agree with TRomano. The doer of the infinitive is almost always implied based on the context. In The box is too heavy to lift it's generally implied for anyone. For me just makes more specific and I don't think it makes it acceptable to insert the object. I suppose there are some cases where subject and object refers to the same thing or person which lets us use a reflexive pronoun esp. for emphasis as in he's too heavy to move himself around. – Yuri Oct 1 '16 at 20:17

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