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Does the sentence in bold carry the meaning that If we believe on Akio Toyoda, the next Supra would be teady for testing. Thanks. What is the grammar in this - is to be believed
If Akio Toyoda is to be believed, the next Supra would be ready for testing
However, I would appreciate other teachers' input into this.
I believe him.
He was believed by me.
I realise that we don't usually use the passive in this way but the OP is right.
What is "to be believed" in "Is he to be believed?"
OK, my brain is now scrambled. Anyone?
Rajan - for now, disregard what I said before!
If we are to believe A T ... active infinitive
If A T is to be believed... passive infinitive.
We are using the verb am/are/is (to)
Would you please tell me the difference between
i ) If we believe and
ii) if we are to believe
I think, sentence no. i) shows fact but not sure about second sentence. i think, sentence no. ii) also shows fact but a word is missing(can be placed) between are and to believe.
Last edited by rajan; 01-Oct-2011 at 18:22.
2) "If we are to believe" suggests that there is a possibility that we won't believe whatever it is.
If I believe that I can lose weight, then I can! = Provided that I believe...
If I am to believe what my friend says, she lost 12kg in a week = If I choose to believe what she says, then... (I have to decide whether or not to believe her.)