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    Default purpose vs obligation

    1-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was for putting on my desk.
    2-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was to put on my desk.
    3-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was to be put on my desk.

    Is there any difference between the meanings of the above sentences?

    Which of the above is closer in meaning to which of the following:


    a-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said I had to put it on my desk.

    b-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said I could put it on my desk.

    c-At the office they gave me a lamp and knowing that I needed a lamp on my desk told me I should put it there.

    d-At the office they gave me a lamp and knowing that I needed a lamp on my desk told me I could put it there.

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    Default Re: purpose vs obligation

    1- it was for putting on my desk.
    2-it was to put on my desk. (b) (c) (d)
    3- it was to be put on my desk. (a)

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    1-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was for putting on my desk.
    d-At the office they gave me a lamp and knowing that I needed a lamp on my desk told me I could put it there.

    2-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was to put on my desk.
    b-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said I could put it on my desk.

    3-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said it was to be put on my desk.
    a-At the office they gave me a lamp and they said I had to put it on my desk.

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