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    the meaning of 'to be'

    If you are starving yourself to be thin, or exercising your body to the point of exhaustion, you may have a condition called anorexia nervosa.

    The meaning of 'to be' is not clear to me.

    'to be thin' means if you are starving yourself 'because' you are thin?

    Please help me. Thanks in advance!!

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    Re: the meaning of 'to be'

    Quote Originally Posted by Kipihn Yi View Post
    If you are starving yourself (in order) to be thin, or exercising your body to the point of exhaustion, you may have a condition called anorexia nervosa.

    The meaning of 'to be' is not clear to me.

    'to be thin' means if you are starving yourself 'because' you are thin? Because you want to be thin.

    Please help me. Thanks in advance!!
    Hope it helps,

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: the meaning of 'to be'

    The to-infinitive in such sentences often signifies 'in order to be'.

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