Is "Agree to NOUN" instead of "Agree to VERB" acceptable?


I'm aware about two usages of the verb agree:

To agree with somebody or something:

I agreed with him.
I agree with this idea.

To agree to do something:

We agreed to stop and eat.

However, I often notice the following usage yes, I read these documents carefully:

...You agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement

Is this usage correct?


Posted 2013-01-27T07:13:30.540

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In English, verbs in collocation with a preposition often form a construction that has its own distinct or nuanced meaning.

Agree with - I agreed with him; I agreed with his decision; Also, the food agreed with me (the food was acceptable to my stomach).

Agree to - I agreed to the conditions; I agreed to go with him.

Agree on - We agreed on the time of the meeting.

Agree about - We agreed about the color; it was awful.

Agree - We agreed; we agreed that you should go; we agreed we would be there.

Mark Beadles

Posted 2013-01-27T07:13:30.540

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This is a nitpick, but in your second example for "agree to," "to" is not a preposition; it's part of an infinitive. – Aaron – 2013-02-22T03:22:42.690


This usage is absolutely correct. Please have a look in multifaceted meanings of Agree.

(agree to or to do something) say that one will do something which has been suggested by another person: she had agreed to go and see a movie with him

The "Terms and Conditions" are to be followed by you when you are using something. So you are Agreeing to follow them and abide by them. So the usage is undoubtedly correct.


Posted 2013-01-27T07:13:30.540

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I don't know what is missing verb, but it can be interpreted as Implied verb. – Mistu4u – 2013-01-27T07:35:58.073

Just had a glance on missing verb and it seems it is not a missing verb, because it is not missing the VERB.

– Mistu4u – 2013-01-27T07:39:25.290

Actually, "follow* is missing, but yes, "implied" is a way better term. – bytebuster – 2013-01-27T07:42:13.273

"Follow" is neither missing nor implied - it's best to think of "consent to follow" as one of the meanings of "agree to". – Mark Beadles – 2013-01-27T18:02:02.007

@MarkBeadles "Consent" as a verb, you mean? – bytebuster – 2013-01-27T19:03:27.103

@bytebuster Correct, "to agree to" = "to consent to follow/abide by" – Mark Beadles – 2013-01-28T12:30:32.073