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    #1

    the man to help you

    Are these sentences correct:
    1-"You don't like him now, but you'll see that when you need help, he'll be the man to help you." (meaning: he will be the man who'll help you.)

    2-"You don't like him now, but you'll see that when you need help, he'll be one of the people to help you.

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    #2
    Yes, they are both fine.

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    #3
    Thanks RonBee.
    I think that structure works in the future tense, but does it work in the past tense?
    Could you say:
    3-He was the man to help me.
    Meaning:
    A-"he was the man who did help me"
    and not:
    B-"the man to whom I was to go for help", or C-"the man who was assigned the task of helping me"?

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks RonBee.
    I think that structure works in the future tense, but does it work in the past tense?
    Could you say:
    3-He was the man to help me.
    Meaning:
    A-"he was the man who did help me"
    and not:
    B-"the man to whom I was to go for help", or C-"the man who was assigned the task of helping me"?
    I don't think it works in the past tense. If I was going to use past tense, I would say He was the man who helped me. I see He is the man to help me as meaning He is the man I can expect help from. That wouldn't have a past tense application.

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    #5
    Very good explanation.
    Thanks a lot.

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    #6
    Ron is always the man to help you!
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Very good explanation.
    Thanks a lot.
    You're welcome, as always. And thanks for the compliment.

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