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    infinitive

    Could you please tell me what is the difference between two phrases?

    Everything needs doing exactly today.
    and
    Everything is to be done exactly today.

    Thank you.

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    Re: infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Orest Chopko View Post
    Could you please tell me what is the difference between two phrases?

    Everything needs doing exactly today.
    and
    Everything is to be done exactly today.

    Thank you.
    'Exactly' doesn't really fit, so I'll remove it for the moment.

    1. Everything needs doing today = Everything is to be done today. (Basically the same)
    2. Everything has to be done today = Everything must be done today. These statements are stronger.
    3. Everything definitely needs doing today
    . This has the stronger force of 2.

    Your original sentences mean "Everything we do today must be done exactly (precisely, correctly)". It doesn't mean 3.

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