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    Default I am to send the wire.

    Good day

    I have a question. Is this construction correct?

    “I am to send the wire.”

    This example is from old school book published in 1975. Thank you

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    Default Re: I am to send the wire.

    Welcome, subdolus.

    I am (going) to send the wire/telegram today.
    I am (supposed) to send the wire/telegram today.
    I am (ordered) to send the wire/telegram today.
    I am (obligated) to send the wire/telegram today.

    More modern: I am to send the e-mail today.

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    Default Re: I am to send the wire.

    Thank you Casiopea.

    According to that old schoolbook meaning of this sentence construction is similar like the meaning of “I should send…”

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    Default Re: I am to send the wire.

    That works, too. Please note, thought, that "I am to _____" is modern English.

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    Default Re: I am to send the wire.

    Casiopea

    That book described to construction: to be+ infinitive. That construction marks actions which are needful or possible (according to that book). There are these examples:
    I am go to hospital.
    You are to help me.
    They are not to worry.
    We are to speak to him.
    It was to be expected.
    It is to be found everywhere.
    I am to send a wire.

    Are these sentences usual?

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    Default Re: I am to send the wire.

    All are Modern English.

    [ub]Correction[/b]
    I am to go to hospital.

    All the best.

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