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    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I have found a very helpful thread. Where? Right here at usingenglish.com.

    Please go to the search box and type in "Worthwhile etc." (Sorry, but I am too

    stupid to be able to link to it.)

    A member named MikeNewYork gives some very helpful advice in this 2006 thread.

    Enjoy!
    I've just typed "Worthwhile etc" into the search box but found no threads with that title.

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    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've just typed "Worthwhile etc" into the search box but found no threads with that title.
    This is the thread The Parser referred to: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...while-etc.html

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    #13

    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    This is the thread The Parser referred to: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...while-etc.html

    Thank you very much, sir.

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    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've just typed "Worthwhile etc" into the search box but found no threads with that title.
    That's curious. I have just typed those words in the box again, and it came up in

    8 seconds. Thanks to the moderator, however, the link is now available to all

    interested parties.

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    #15

    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Thank for advice. But I am afraid there is none which would shed the light on this issue. I will explain why. This is a VERY SPECIFIC issue. It is not a broad issue relating to "infinitives, gerunds uses", not at all, this issue comes down to the usage of "infinitives, gerunds " only after the verb TO BE.

    (...only after the verb TO BE)

    I find it to be a critical element here.
    As my FINAL RESPONSE to your VERY SPECIFIC issue and CRITICAL ELEMENT, I offer the following:

    Be + Infinitive, Use

    1) to state orders, instructions, requirements etc.
    You are to stay here until we call.
    2) to state a plan
    She is to be married next month.
    3) to state an (un)anticipated/(un)expected result
    It started as a pleasant, sunny day, but it was to be one of the worst of their lives.

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    #16

    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    As my FINAL RESPONSE to your VERY SPECIFIC issue and CRITICAL ELEMENT, I offer the following:

    Be + Infinitive, Use
    Thank you, but I am sure you missed the point of my question and examples. The examples you have provided have nothing to do with mine provided in my first post.

    You are to stay here until we call. - Is a modal construction which very much differs from my examples.

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    #17

    Re: How to find out what to put after TO BE

    I have read the thread (of MikeNewYork) and can say that indeed two of the sentences from that thread deal with the issue I have brought up in this thread. They are

    a. Part of my job as the President's secretary is to help organize conferences and keep him informed.
    b. I told him a couple of rumors that I'd heard and his response was to roar with laughter and later tell other friends.


    For the sake of focus I am going to eliminate some extra parts which don't add any principal meaning.

    a. My job is to help.
    b. His response was to roar.


    That's all for now. I will give some thinking to it and would be glad to hear some new comments on the issue.

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