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    Smile To-infinitive

    Dear Teachers,

    I have something that sets us thinking.


    1. These are the fishes to sell.

    2. He is the man to be admired.

    As I know, the to-infinitives above are adjectives because they modifies the nouns before them.

    I also know they can be rephrased as the following.

    3. These are the fishes which we sell.

    4. He is the man whom we admire.

    Do you notice that the fishes and the man above are the objects of the relative clauses ?

    If the first sentence is correct, by analogy, the second sentence can be rephrased into the following.

    He is the man to admire.

    So, is the above sentence correct ?

    To me, both of them sound correct.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Last edited by kl004535; 25-Jan-2010 at 17:13.

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    Re: To-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I have something that sets us thinking.


    1. These are the fishes to sell.

    2. He is the man to be admired.

    As I know, the to-infinitives above are adjectives because they modifies the nouns before them.

    I also know they can be rephrased as the following.

    3. These are the fishes which we sell.

    4. He is the man whom we admire.

    Do you notice that the fishes and the man above are the objects of the relative clauses ?

    If the first sentence is correct, by analogy, the second sentence can be rephrased into the following.

    He is the man to admire.

    So, is the above sentence correct ?

    To me, both of them sound correct.

    Your guidance is highly appreciated.

    Thanks
    "He is the/a man to admire" is correct.

  3. Junior Member
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    Smile Re: To-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "He is the/a man to admire" is correct.
    Could you tell me why "he is the/a man to be admired" is wrong ?
    Or if it is not wrong, it means something else , doesn't it ?

    How about I rephrase it into the sentence below ?

    He is the/a man to be admired by us.

    Thank
    Last edited by kl004535; 25-Jan-2010 at 17:43.

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    Re: To-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Could you tell me why "he is the/a man to be admired" is wrong ?
    Or if it is not wrong, it means something else , doesn't it ?

    How about I rephrase it into the sentence below ?

    He is the/a man to be admired by us.

    Thank
    "He is a/the man to be admired" is also correct, I didn't mean to say that it wasn't.

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