Grammar GuideVerbsDo we need "manage to" in a sentence?

Do we need "manage to" in a sentence?

Do we need "manage to" in a sentence?

You should change any form of "manage + to + verb" to the form of the verb that corresponds with the form of "manage" used in the sentence.

This change makes your writing clearer and more concise.

Example 1

  • Original: He barely managed to arrive on time.
  • Rewrite: He barely arrived on time.

Example 2

  • Original: Kate managed to make a cake for the bake sale.
  • Rewrite: Kate made a cake for the bake sale.