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    Default 'I found the box containing nothing' or 'I found the box to contain nothing' ?

    1. I found the box containing nothing
    2. I found the box contain nothing
    3. I found the box to contain nothing.

    Which is/are correct?

    - Actually 3 is from my dictionary, but 1 and 2 are my own.

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    Default Re: 'I found the box containing nothing' or 'I found the box to contain nothing' ?

    1 is grammatically correct (or would be if you put a full stop at the end).

    This means that you were looking through a few boxes and found the empty one. All the others had something in them.

    2 is ungrammatical.

    3 means that you discovered that the box was empty.

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    Default Re: 'I found the box containing nothing' or 'I found the box to contain nothing' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    3 means that you discovered that the box was empty.

    That is the most likely meaning, but there is another possible meaning: 'I found the box that I will use to contain nothing.'

    It's not a likely situation, but it's definitely possible. Compare the grammar with that of 'I found the box to put dad's gift in.'
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