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    tangomania is offline Newbie
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    Usage of "to be"

    What is the name of grammar structure of "to be" in this sentence?

    Can somebody explain the usage of "to be" in this sentence?

    Example: He is known to be a madtv funnyman.

    Actually, I know what this sentence means, but I can not understand the usage of "to be" in the sentence.

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    Re: Usage of "to be"

    "to be" = to exist as/to have the characteristics of (a mad tv funnyman)

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    Re: Usage of "to be"

    Quote Originally Posted by tangomania View Post
    What is the name of grammar structure of "to be" in this sentence?

    Can somebody explain the usage of "to be" in this sentence?

    Example: He is known to be a madtv funnyman.

    Actually, I know what this sentence means, but I can not understand the usage of "to be" in the sentence.
    It's the infinitive. It works for all verbs. The main verb is "known" here. Look at these:

    He's known to walk like a duck.
    He's said to understand the meaning of life.
    He's thought to be a wizard.
    I promise to be there at 8pm.
    I promise to take you to the movies.

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    tangomania is offline Newbie
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    Re: Usage of "to be"

    thanks. I got it.

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