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    In the airplane, the woman sitting next to me had both arms in casts. She reminded me of my friend Kathy who was suffering after a car accident. When the snack of nuts and jice arrived, I considered offering to feed the woman next to me, but it seemed too intimate a service to offer to a stranger.

    Q) I thought "too intimate to offer a service to a stranger" is correct because "I" offer a service to a stranger.
    And "intimate something" is not correct in the context, isn't it?
    Is my interpretation wrong?

    Another example is this: It's too hot to eat that hamburger. (0)
    It's too hot that hamburger to eat. (x) Am I correct?

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    Re: too...+ to infinitives

    Too intimate a service to offer to a stranger
    This is correct. Not all services are intimate, but this one (feeding them) is too intimate.

    It's too hot to eat that hamburger.
    This is probably not what you mean. *If you mean that the temperature of the hamburger to to high to eat it at the moment, then say That hamburger is too hot to eat. Your sentence would work if, for example, you didn't like eating hamburgers when the weather is very hot.

    It's too hot that hamburger to eat

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    Re: too...+ to infinitives

    Hi,
    Thank you for the answer.

    Then is there any difference between "Too intimate a service to offer to a stranger" and "Too intimate to offer a service to a stranger?"

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    Re: too...+ to infinitives

    Quote Originally Posted by moon7296 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for the answer.

    Then is there any difference between "Too intimate a service to offer to a stranger" and "Too intimate to offer a service to a stranger?"
    Yes. The first specifically means that the service which has been mentioned (feeding a stranger) is too intimate. The second means that offering any service to a stranger is too intimate.

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