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    Default active or passive infinitive

    Hi, my dear teachers, your help is appreciated here!
    The house is hidden in the forest, easy to be overlooked.
    In this sentence, should we use acitive infinitive or passive infinitive? Or both are acceptable?
    As far as I know, we use active infinitive as predictive. For example:
    The question is difficult to answer.
    The room is not comfortable to live in.
    I am waiting for your detailed analyses.

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    I think you could use either, but I would say and is easily overlooked or and is easy to overlook.

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    Thanks a lot! Of course, different understandings are applauded here.

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    I am waiting for your detailed analyses.
    Tianhang, It's not a good idea to ask for detailed analyses. Most of us haven't got the time for that, and it puts off people who could tell you which sounds more natural but can't explain the grammar behind it.

    Rover

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    Thank you for your suggestion. I will change my way of asking questions. By the way, you please tell me which expression sounds natural in the above setnence, to be overlooked or to overlook. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    I have nothing to add to Tdol's reply, which I agree with.

    Rover

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    Default Re: active or passive infinitive

    Thanks a lot!

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