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Not one letter he sent her, let alone to give her a phone call.

Is this grammatically correct? What about idiomatically?

P.S.: The reason why I would prefer using it, regardless of how unidiomatic might sound is to emphasize the affirmation. In context it looks a little better.

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To my ears it sounds poetic, stilted, and old fashioned.

However it will be grammatically/syntactically correct if you change the to give to gave or omit it completely as suggested.

Not one letter he sent her, let alone a phone call.

  • I like it even better if we strike out "to gave her" altogether: Not one letter he sent her, let alone a phone call. That's even less awkward, I think. – J.R. Dec 4 '17 at 22:16
  • I agree - that is even better, still overly poetic, but better – mplungjan Dec 5 '17 at 5:02

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