Ritika decided to get up early (1)/ to wear a nice dress (2)/ and visit her aunt. (3)/ No Error (4).

What is the error in above sentence? My book says (2) is wrong, but I didn't understand.

  • Could you rephrase the question? It's not clear.
    – Varun Nair
    Nov 28 '17 at 11:17
  • Does the answer key contain an explanation or a proposed correction? Do the instructions mention the kinds of error that are relevant to the exercise? At a glance I'd guess that the answer key is simply wrong, but I don't have the complete context of the original exercise question so I can't be sure. Nov 28 '17 at 14:01
  • Possibly they want you to use a different verb, not "to wear". Nov 28 '17 at 14:24

I don't see anything grammatically wrong with the sentence. But there is a logic problem. When the word "to" is used in a construction like this, it means "for the purpose of" or "making possible". So the sentence is saying that Ritika got up early so that she would be able to wear a nice dress, or that she got up early because she wanted to wear a nice dress. It is difficult to see how getting up early is necessary to be able to wear a nice dress.

A better sentence would be, "Ritika decided to get up early and wear a nice dress to visit her aunt."

  • 1
    Also, in this case to is short for in order to, which corresponds to for the purpose of. Nov 28 '17 at 14:25
  • @Clare Yes, that's basically what I was trying to say.
    – Jay
    Nov 28 '17 at 14:28

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