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    A-He is a man to trust.

    Generally this would mean:
    a-He is a man to be trusted. He is a man who can be trusted.
    In this case "a man" would be the object of "to trust".

    But could "a man" also be the subject of "to trust".

    In that case what would the sentence mean?

    A1-He is a man who trusts a lot
    A2-He is a man who tends to trust people when there is an occasion to do so (maybe the occasion does not present itself a lot). He has a tendency to trust but whether he does that a lot or not depends on whether there are a lot of occasion to do so or not.

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    A1 is a possible interpretation IMO.
    A2- surely, you can only trust when there's an opportunity to do so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A1 is a possible interpretation IMO.
    I'd say it's not impossible, but I think it would be far more natural to say 'A man who trusts (others).

    I feel that, without clear context to show that interpretation, 'A man to trust' means only 'A man who can be trusted'.

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    It's not the obvious interpretation, but it is possible, and would work in some contexts. Navi's questions are normally about the unlikely.

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