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    Default the last cigarette to have been smoked by me

    That was the last cigarette to have been smoked by me.

    I was reading Quirk's Grammar when I came across this sentence. I wonder if we can say 'That was the last cigarette to be smoked by me' without changing the original meaning.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: the last cigarette to have been smoked by me

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    the last cigarette to be smoked - does not mean you have smoked the cigarette.

    You can also say : the last cigaratte smoked by me

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    Default Re: the last cigarette to have been smoked by me

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    That was the last cigarette to have been smoked by me.

    I was reading Quirk's Grammar when I came across this sentence.
    Quirk et al produced several grammars. It would be helpful to know which one you are referring to.

    I wonder if we can say 'That was the last cigarette to be smoked by me' without changing the original meaning.
    In that particular sentence there is no difference in meaning.

    Both sentences appear unnatural to me. "That was the last cigarette I smoked" is far more likely, in my opinion.
    Last edited by 5jj; 31-Dec-2011 at 08:32. Reason: typo

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