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10 / 03 / 2006

IN ORDER TO: meaning and examples

Good morning, We received a request from Carme V. who wrote "You usually use the expression "in order to" in the Daily Vitamins and I don’t know what it means." You're right, Carme; we use this expression because it's very common! Today we will explain it and you will see that is related to last Tuesday's Vitamin (TO INFINITIVE). Today's expression is: in order to It is used: to indicate the purpose of an action. It tells us WHY somebody DOES something. The structure is: IN ORDER TO INFINITIVE VERB. This expression is more formal than simply using TO INFINITIVE VERB, which we looked at last Tuesday. Example 1 I am writing to you in order to request a sample of your new product. Example 2 We waited for two hours in order to talk to the manager. However, our conversation only lasted for ten minutes! Example 3 We use infinitive structures in order to indicate purpose. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. In order to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your request, Carme. Have a great weekend!