Common mistake in order to (to)

In order to (to)

One common mistake that many people make is using the phrase "in order to" followed by the infinitive verb form, such as "to run" or "to eat." However, this phrase is often considered redundant and can be eliminated to create more concise and streamlined writing.

Why is "to" after "in order" unnecessary?

When we use the phrase "in order," it already implies that there is a purpose or intent behind the action described. Therefore, adding the word "to" before the verb is redundant and can be confusing to readers.


I went to the grocery store in order to buy some vegetables.


I went to the grocery store to buy some vegetables.

When should "in order to" be used?

While the phrase "in order to" is generally considered unnecessary, there are a few instances where it can be used to provide clarity or emphasis:

  • When there are multiple actions:

    If you have a sentence that includes multiple actions and you want to emphasize the purpose behind each action, using "in order to" before each verb can help clarify your intentions.

  • When there is potential confusion:

    In some cases, adding "in order to" can help avoid confusion or ambiguity, especially when the purpose of the action is not clear.

Example 1:

I woke up early in order to exercise, to meditate, and to have a healthy breakfast.

Example 2:

John went to the library in order to study and to meet up with his classmates.

In most cases, however, it is best to omit "in order to" and simply use the infinitive form of the verb after "to" for clearer and more concise writing.

Linguix grammar checker can be a helpful tool for catching and correcting this common mistake, as well as other grammatical errors, while improving your writing skills overall.

in order to (to) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    We opened the door in order to enter.

    We opened the door to enter.

  • Correct:
    We opened the door to enter.
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