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    Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.---they can make mistakes

    He is too ready to promise.---he can promise

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    The above two sentences are from an English grammar book (compiled by Chinese nationals) indicating the structure 'too....to' has some exceptions that the infinitive part denotes a positve rather than a negative meaning.

    Please confirm the way the writer uses 'too ... to' structure in the two sentences is correct. Thank you.

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    While the first sentence is correct, the too is not-needed as the word apt implies that mistakes will occer frequently.

    In the second, the too is incorrent, I'd remove it unless it's used as a counter to an argument:
    A: "He is not ready to promise"
    B: "He is too ready to promise"

    On its own, I would omit the too

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.---they can make mistakes

    He is too ready to promise.---he can promise

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    The above two sentences are from an English grammar book (compiled by Chinese nationals) indicating the structure 'too....to' has some exceptions that the infinitive part denotes a positve rather than a negative meaning.

    Please confirm the way the writer uses 'too ... to' structure in the two sentences is correct. Thank you.
    The "too...to" structure is correct, but I would disagree a little with the definition.

    Beginners are too apt to make mistakes = Beginners make too many mistakes.

    He is too ready to promise = he promises without thinking about it thoroughly first.

    It doesn't just mean ability ("...can make mistakes"; "...can promise".)

    She's far too quick to make judgements about other people = she makes up her mind (or has an opinion) about people too quickly, without giving it enough time to form a properly considered opinion.

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The "too...to" structure is correct, but I would disagree a little with the definition.

    Beginners are too apt to make mistakes = Beginners make too many mistakes.

    He is too ready to promise = he promises without thinking about it thoroughly first.

    It doesn't just mean ability ("...can make mistakes"; "...can promise".)

    She's far too quick to make judgements about other people = she makes up her mind (or has an opinion) about people too quickly, without giving it enough time to form a properly considered opinion.
    I prefer your understanding of the second sentence, more likely than mine.

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Is there any nuance if 'too' is replaced with 'so' in the two sentences?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Prone might work better than apt.

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Prone might work better than apt.
    What is the difference between "prone" and "apt"?

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    Re: Beginners are too apt to make mistakes.

    It suggests more a of a negative tendency to me.

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