From a book I read:
"The thick bed of rotted leaves and soft earth served to muffle her footsteps."
There's nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence, but I feel that you can usually cut out the phrase "serve to" because it is useless. Why not just say, "The thick bed of rotted leaves and soft earth muffled her footsteps" and save two words?
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