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    "Are to be" - which word in Spanish should I use for that?.

    Hi,

    I would like to know what "are to be" means in the following sentence.

    "The writer claims that out-of-town centres are to be commended because they provide a range of shops under one roof ".

    Which would be the word in Spanish for that?.

    Thanks
    Marisol.


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    Re: "Are to be" - which word in Spanish should I use for that?.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarisolC View Post
    Hi,

    I would like to know what "are to be" means in the following sentence.

    "The writer claims that out-of-town centres are to be commended because they provide a range of shops under one roof ".

    Which would be the word in Spanish for that?.

    Thanks
    Marisol.
    Well, I'll have a shot at this. Let's see. In the context of your sentence "are to be" is almost the same as "supposed to be". So I would guess that a translation might be "ha de ser". What do you think? "ha de ser elogiado". Does that sound like a possible translation to you?

    Now, let's just stick to English. I think your doubts about this might be centered around the similarity in meaning between these two phrases in English: "be supposed + verb" and "be to + verb". Depending on how they're used, these two phrases can be rather similar. At times, they may even be interchangeable without affecting the meaning of a sentence, and other times, though similar, they may not be interchangeable.

    The phrase "be to + verb" is not as common as "be supposed + verb".

    This really requires a few examples, and some talking about, in my opinion, but here is an example:

    We are to leave at six AM sharp tomorrow morning.
    We are supposed to leave at six AM sharp tomorrow morning.

    The first sentence, with "be to + leave", sounds more formal, serious, or both.

    Last edited by PROESL; 04-Aug-2009 at 04:13. Reason: typo


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    Re: "Are to be" - which word in Spanish should I use for that?.

    Wow great !! Thank you so much.

    Yes that sound correct to me, moreover, after reading your explanation I think another translation might be " han de ser ".

    I took this sentence from a very formal letter, so, it must be the most formal way of expressing the idea.

    Thank you.
    Cheers,
    Marisol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarisolC View Post
    Wow great !! Thank you so much.

    Yes that sound correct to me, moreover, after reading your explanation I think another translation might be " han de ser ".

    I took this sentence from a very formal letter, so, it must be the most formal way of expressing the idea.

    Thank you.
    Cheers,
    Marisol.

    Yes, "be to + verb" typically sounds formal. And, yes, it should be "han". I overlooked the plural verb form.


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