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    Default is to use/is to be used

    Which are correct:
    1-This door is to be used in case of emergency.
    2-This door is to use in case of emergency.
    3-This door is for using in case of emergency.

    In which case:
    a-The door must be used in case of emergency
    in which case:
    b-The door can be used in case of emergency

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    Default Re: is to use/is to be used

    "Emergency Door"

    1. is correct.
    a - There are no doors that must be used in all emergencies. b. is not right either. 'Should' is better than 'must' and 'can' here.

    How about c? - This door is the door which should be used in an emergency, if the emergency is such that you need to evacuate the building/room.
    Last edited by Raymott; 09-Apr-2012 at 09:43.

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    Default Re: is to use/is to be used

    I'd use 1 and think that 3 is not correct.

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    Default Re: is to use/is to be used

    Use this door for an emergency evaculation. -- Verbal instructions while giving a tour.
    "Emergency Exit" -- sign on the door.

    If you are not supposed to use that door otherwise: Use this door only for an emergency evacuation. "Emergency Exit Only"
    If you are not suppposed to use any other door (which seem like a bad safety plan - what if it's blocked?): Use ONLY this door for an emergency evacuation.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: is to use/is to be used

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Use this door for an emergency evaculation. -- Verbal instructions while giving a tour.
    "Emergency Exit" -- sign on the door.

    If you are not supposed to use that door otherwise: Use this door only for an emergency evacuation. "Emergency Exit Only"
    If you are not suppposed to use any other door (which seem like a bad safety plan - what if it's blocked?): Use ONLY this door for an emergency evacuation.
    In the UK a blocked emergency exit in any building to which the public, or above a certain number of employees, have regular access is an offence under health and safety regulations.

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    Default Re: is to use/is to be used

    I like my new word - evaculation.
    I was thinking more like "the fire is in the hallway where this door is" not "there are stacks of boxes in front of it."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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