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    too~to Are they mean the same?

    What I'm going to say is
    'This skirt is too tight for me.'
    With to infinitive,
    This skirt is too tight to wear.
    or This skirt is too tight to be worn.
    which is correct?

    By the meaning, I think the second is correct.
    But, I've found a vod on youtube titled 'Too big to eat', which was about a big dumpling.
    In that case, is the passive infinitive unnecessary?

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    Re: too~to Are they mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by finwing View Post
    What I'm going to say is
    'This skirt is too tight for me.'
    With to infinitive,
    This skirt is too tight to wear.
    or This skirt is too tight to be worn.
    which is correct?

    By the meaning, I think the second is correct.
    But, I've found a vod on youtube titled 'Too big to eat', which was about a big dumpling.
    In that case, is the passive infinitive unnecessary?
    Yes, it's unnecessary, and wrong. You want to say it's too tight for you to wear it. That doesn't make it too tight to be worn by someone else.
    'This skirt is too tight for me to wear.'
    'This skirt is too tight for me.'
    'This skirt is too tight to wear.' (If it's clear that you mean 'by me')

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    Thumbs up Re: too~to Are they mean the same?

    Thanks a lot for such a clear answer!

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    Re: too~to Are they mean the same?

    Here comes the big asker again.

    "This skirt is too tight to be worn." certainly makes no sense. But how about another example:

    This fabric is too good to be worn.

    I think this one makes sense, doesn't it? Means the fabric is not easy to be worn out. Am I right here?

    Back in middle school, we were taught that the verbs following the "to" in a "too...to..." structure should be in active voice, even though they actually mean just the opposite: passive voice.

    But I'm still not sure about which one of the following is correct?

    His sin is too atrocious to forgive.

    His sin is too atrocious to be forgiven.

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    Re: too~to Are they mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinbong View Post
    Here comes the big asker again.

    "This skirt is too tight to be worn." certainly makes no sense. But how about another example:

    This fabric is too good to be worn.

    I think this one makes sense, doesn't it? Means the fabric is not easy to be worn out. Am I right here?

    No. If you said that to me, I'd assume that the fabric was of too high a quality to be wasted on wearing it. Like "This dress is too nice for me to wear".
    "... too good to be worn out" might make sense, though "too tough to be worn out" would be better.

    Back in middle school, we were taught that the verbs following the "to" in a "too...to..." structure should be in active voice, even though they actually mean just the opposite: passive voice.
    Not necessarily.
    "This painting is too valuable to be left out in the sun".

    But I'm still not sure about which one of the following is correct?
    They are both correct.
    R.

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