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The table by the arched windows was great to sit at and watch people pass by on the street.

The table by the arched windows was great to sit and ...

It was great to sit at the table and watch ...

It was great to sit the table and watch ...

Hi,

Do all of the above sound right to you? If not, why not? Thanks.
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The third example is the best. The first is informal, but fine. The second and fourth don't work.
We sit at a table.
#2 could be improved to: The table by the arched window was a great place to sit and watch.......
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The location (of the table) by the arched windows was great for watching people pass by on the street.
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PhilipThe third example is the best. The first is informal, but fine. The second and fourth don't work.
We sit at a table.
#2 could be improved to: The table by the arched window was a great place to sit and watch.......
Thanks, Philip.

Your rewriting is what I concern most--why does "a great place to sit" work? It seems as if "to sit a great place" also works to me if I can accept "a great place to work."
"To sit a great place" just isn't an English construction.
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Philip"To sit a great place" just isn't an English construction.
Thanks, Philip and Marius.

Don't you find it very interest that "To sit a great place" isn't a good English construction" while "a great place to sit" is?

Let's see more parallel examples:

I want to write with this pen. ~~good

I want to use this pen to write. ~~bad

I want to use this pen to write with. ~~good

This is the house for you to live. ~~bad

This is the house for you to live in. ~~good

We sit a great place. ~~bad

This is a great place to sit. ~~good (But it should be bad based on the similar examples in the above.)