I’ve just used this expression in the sentences below, and I wonder if my use of it can be somewhat misleading. More specifically, I’m talking about the “to” in front of the “fully appreciate”.
I’ve used it to mean “in order to”, but the usual pattern of this expression seems to dictate another interpretation:
“It is one thing to passively learn about … but **to **fully appreciate how and when … is quite another”.
Here, the “to” is used to form a subject noun phrase instead. What’s your take on this?
OP says, using “to” with the meaning of “in order to”.
Here, in Dingbang’s first example , “but to fully appreciate” does NOT mean “but in order to fully appreciate” – it just means what it says, “but to fully appreciate”.
In the second example , “But to fully appreciate” DOES mean “But in order to fully appreciate”, and this is a perfectly cromulent way to write or say it. This appears to be the usage that the OP is using, and correctly so.