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    Default infinitive vs participle

    Do these below equally sound natural?

    Students taking the exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.
    Students to take the exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.


    I don't know but to me the second one doesn't really seem fine.

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    Default Re: infinitive vs participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Do these below equally sound natural?

    Students taking the exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.
    Students to take the exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.


    I don't know but to me the second one doesn't really seem fine.
    I don't like the second one. If you put "due" before "to" it would be OK.

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    Default Re: infinitive vs participle

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't like the second one. If you put "due" before "to" it would be OK.
    You mean this would sound fine? Really?

    Students due to to take exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.

    Anyway, why do you think the second one sounds awkward?

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    Default Re: infinitive vs participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Anyway, why do you think the second one sounds awkward?
    Sometimes the answer to that one is simply 'Because it does'. We don't naturally use the infinitive in that way.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: infinitive vs participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    You mean this would sound fine? Really?

    Students due to to take the exam tomorrow should sleep well tonight.
    Yes.

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