Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    AUTOMOON is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    283
    Post Thanks / Like

    Wink which kind of infinitive

    ----- " The trees in that area were found_____slowly from the effect of acid rain."
    a A to die B dying

    The referential answer is A, but why not B?

    I think "I found him standing under the tree." is right. Someone explained that when in passive voice, you should add "to " in front of the verb.
    He added that you can also replace "to die"with "to be dying" ,but you should never use present participle .
    Does he make any sense?

    Does passive voice make a difference here?

    THANKS~~~~~~

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,689
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: which kind of infinitive

    I think you can use 'dying' as well, but they're different. If you say 'found to die', it means that the trees are dead, and this was the reason. If you say dying/to be dying, they were not dead when someone discovered the problem.

  3. #3
    AUTOMOON is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    283
    Post Thanks / Like

    Cool Re: which kind of infinitive

    According to what you post, we can also use structure like find Verbing in passive voice, without adding to be in front of the Verbing ?

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,689
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: which kind of infinitive

    I can't see why not. Formally, the 'to be' is more likely to be included to show the reason, but 'dying' alone would describe their condition.

  5. #5
    rajan is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    248
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: which kind of infinitive

    This can be helpful to you. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Infinitive can be used to join two sentences. In a sentence only one tense can be used, while other becomes "to be". It carries no tense, but tell us about noun, verb, adjective. Eg.

    1) It was found that the trees in that area were dead.

    The trees in that area were found to be dead.

    2) It was found that the trees in that area were dying.

    The trees in that area were found to be dying.

    3) It was found that the trees in that area will die.

    The trees in that area were found to die

    As found has come in between above sentences thats why to be is added.

    Trees are dying.
    Trees will die
    Trees will be dead




    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    ----- " The trees in that area were found_____slowly from the effect of acid rain."
    a A to die B dying

    The referential answer is A, but why not B?

    I think "I found him standing under the tree." is right. Someone explained that when in passive voice, you should add "to " in front of the verb.
    He added that you can also replace "to die"with "to be dying" ,but you should never use present participle .
    Does he make any sense?

    Does passive voice make a difference here?

    THANKS~~~~~~
    Last edited by rajan; 06-Feb-2006 at 12:12.

  6. #6
    rajan is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    248
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: which kind of infinitive

    Any response ?????????

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan
    This can be helpful to you. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Infinitive can be used to join two sentences. In a sentence only one tense can be used, while other becomes "to be". It carries no tense, but tell us about noun, verb, adjective. Eg.
    1) It was found that the trees in that area were dead.
    The trees in that area were found to be dead.
    2) It was found that the trees in that area were dying.
    The trees in that area were found to be dying.
    3) It was found that the trees in that area will die.
    The trees in that area were found to die
    As found has come in between above sentences thats why to be is added.
    Trees are dying.
    Trees will die
    Trees will be dead

Similar Threads

  1. about 'to + infinitive'
    By sariputra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-May-2005, 10:11
  2. kind
    By navi t in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Jan-2005, 04:29
  3. Kind Of A
    By jack in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Dec-2004, 10:00
  4. Using kind of
    By piggy386 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Aug-2004, 21:18
  5. was kind to
    By FW in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Dec-2003, 00:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •