Consider these sentences:

  1. It provides an analytical tool for investigation of the key parameters of the system.

(To me, everything looks fine except two consecutive ofs.)

  1. It provides an analytical tool to investigate key parameters of the system.

The question is if both have the same meaning?

Can we write a sentence without using both to+infinitive and multiple ofs ? I don't want to use repetitive structures in a thesis, article, ... unless there is no other option.

  • I think the second one sounds better – but it has nothing to do with the "two consecutive ofs". There's nothing wrong with consecutive of prepositional phrases. – J.R. Oct 24 '15 at 21:07

One of the problems with hypernominalization—overusing derivative nouns where their parent verbs would be simpler—is that it leads to piling up preposition phrases. I congratulate you on finding the solution: revert to a verbform whose object can be expressed with a noun phrase instead of a PP.

In this case you can do even better: you can eliminate a to by using a gerund instead of an infinitive, and you can eliminate the second of by using a possessive.

It provides an analytical tool for investigating the system's key parameters.

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