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  1. The best way to judge is get a boat and fill the boat with it.
  2. The best way to judge is to get ...

Which one is correct, get or to get?

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    Either one is correct . Jun 30, 2016 at 13:27
  • Thank you. But why is your opinion different from Mathias?
    – Joe Kim
    Jun 30, 2016 at 16:43

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The second sentence is correct. You need the infinitive form (to + verb) because a naked verb is not an appropriate object for is; a noun or adjective is required. The infinitive form of verbs can function grammatically as a noun, representing the abstract activity of the verb. And that's the case here, because the sentence refers to the idea of acquiring and filling a boat.

You may hear the version without to in spoken, informal English. Omitting prepositions or other "minor" trappings of grammar is common in colloquial speech.

The best way to do is get/to get a boat.... Would you say 'get' is correct in this case? What's the difference? Why judge with to get, but do with get?

It's the same here; use the version with to. However, you also need to add a direct object for do: the best way to do it is to get...

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The second sentence

The best way to judge is to get a boat and fill the boat with it.

is correct.

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  • Thank you. How about in this sentence? The best way to do is get/to get a boat.... Would you say 'get' is correct in this case? What's the difference? Why judge with to get, but do with get?
    – Joe Kim
    Jun 30, 2016 at 16:42

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