If I may say....
Is the above structure similar to that?
Sorry sir I can't accept your advice.
It is in some situations. It is neither polite nor respectful to do so if the person addressed has said that they prefer you to adress them by name.As far as I know addressing one as sir or madam is the most polite and respectful way.No.Does it in anyway mean that the person addressed is old?
There is a discussion that might interest you here: According to sir, madam or moderator administrator + name
Last edited by david11; 25-Jan-2012 at 18:02.
Boy, this is so cool. "Complex sentences can be fun" might be the title of the thread.
The relative pronoun above creates a clause. This single sentence, therefore, is possible to break into two sentences.
For example, "Some boy or girl can answer all the questions correctly. The first such child is to receive (a prize)."
Relative pronouns allow a writer or speaker to combine two ideas into one. The form of this sentence might easily be as follows: "The first boy or girl who can answer all the questions correctly is to receive (a prize)."
Such a simple question generates so many possibilities. "May I suggest that this sentence that I am writing is in fact an interrogatory, and hence is perfectly correct with a question mark following it?" The alternative is to say that it is some sort of idiomatic declarative sentence, despite the classic placement of the auxiliary verb at the beginning, which of course is 'always' a question.
Thanks, but I don't understand much. Can I use the structure "to be to + Verb" in spoken/written English? Is it natural when I use it? And one more thing, what does it mean?
TheParser told you the meaning in post #3:
. . ."is to receive" is just another way to say "will receive."
You can use the structure if you want but you might as well use the simpler form.
Thanks a lot. You teachers here answer very quickly! I hope to learn more from you.
And Happy Lunar New Year! (Wishes from Vietnam!)