My dear friend is being too critical of me. I wrote the following in my resume:
Wrote a program in R to efficiently integrate and match student data from multiple sources.
Then he says "So did your program/code actually work?" He says that the infinitive form suggests only why I wrote the program and not if the program actually worked or not. He says that the infinitive version makes it seem like I'm probably hiding that fact that after hours of coding, the program didn't actually work. He suggests I that change the wording to indicate my code actually worked:
Wrote a program in R that efficiently integrated and matched student data from multiple sources.
Is there an actual difference between the two? If my friend is correct, I'd probably have to go change every sentence of that form "Verb-ed XYZ to verb ABC" to "Verb-ed XYZ that/and verb-ed ABC".
Developed a model to identify, analyze, and explain economic inefficiencies in the system.
The above would then become
Developed a model that/and identified, analyzed, and explained economic inefficiencies in the system.
Note: This comment perfectly summarizes what my friend is saying:
To be clear: to + infinitive indicates your intention. that + simple past indicates your accomplishment. – Jeffrey Carney 24 mins ago