I want to know if the following sentence is gramatically correct. I found it in a European history book.
"The treaties which brought to an end to the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, and the stuggle between Britain and the United States transformed European geopolitics."
I think it is wrong in the first part. It should either read, "... to an end the Revolution...", or "... an end to the Revolution...".
So according to me there is an extra "to" in the sentence.
Right or wrong?
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The treaties that brought an end to the Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the struggle between Britain and the United States, transformed European geopolitics.
1) Changed WHICH to THAT.
That vs which. The test is whether the clause is necessary for the sentence to make sense. If it's necessary, then it's a restrictive clause, so use that. If it's not necessary, then it's non-restrictive, so use which.
In this case, it's referring to specific treaties. The sentence wouldn't make sense without the restrictive clause. So 'that' should be used.
2) Deleted the first "to".
It could be:
brought to an end the Revolution
brought an end to the Revolution
The first one is somewhat archaic and poetic. The second one is preferred. Using both is just plain wrong.
3) I added a couple of commas. Some would argue that the comma after "Wars" is not needed. However, when the last item in a list is a long clause then the comma is recommended. I admit I'm somewhat old school with the commas. The use of commas has decreased over the years and I tend to use more than most people.1