From Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird:

Atticus had urged them to accept the state’s generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass.

There is no to before escape, but isn't with the usage of and, verb should have the same form before and after it?

So it seems more appropriate to be like this:

to plead Guilty and to escape with lives.

Instead of the original context:

to plead Guilty and (no to here) escape with lives.

So to use to here or not?

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    The to is simply ellipted here; it has been left out to avoid repetition.
    – Vlammuh
    Jul 28 '15 at 13:56
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    I somehow compared it to He allowed them to eat and drink. And all is magically fine now.
    – CYC
    Jul 28 '15 at 14:02
  • Yes, it's essentially the same thing in that sentence. Perhaps you got confused because there are more words in between of the two verbs of your original sentence.
    – Vlammuh
    Jul 28 '15 at 14:23

As people have said, the "to" has been omitted because of repetition. Either version makes sense and both are in common usage but, indeed with a "to" it is grammatically correct.

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