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    #1

    we are to get along

    Is this "be to inf" an incremental change or possibility? In this context, it seems to be the former, but basically "be to infinitive" is hard to get its meaning as it varies depending on context.
    Do you just determine the meaning considering the context or by natural understanding?

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    ex)It doesn't really matter whether we share a first name, a birthday, a home state, or a rare fingerprint pattern - similarity can help to create an in-group dynamic that brings people together. The more we can zero in on and accentuate the similarities we have with someone else, the more likely we are to get along with that person...

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    #2

    Re: we are to get along

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    See this definition of "be to do something", #5. That is what it means to me.

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    #3

    Re: we are to get along

    #1 is similar to #5. I learned only "scheduled" among so many usages. And it seems it can also be interpreted as a possibility to mean "we are able to get along". How do native speakers tell the difference? Only by context?

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    #4

    Re: we are to get along

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    #1 is similar to #5. I learned only "scheduled" among so many usages. And it seems it can also be interpreted as a possibility to mean "we are able to get along". How do native speakers tell the difference? Only by context?
    The idea here is that, 'the more we can zero in on and accentuate the similarities we have with someone else, the greater are the odds that we will eventually get along with that person'. In any case, "be to do something" says something about future events. That is what context tells me.

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    #5

    Re: we are to get along

    The more we can zero in on and accentuate the similarities we have with someone else, the more likely we are to get along with that person...

    If we restate this:
    "If we are to get along with that person, we must accentuate the similarities we have", it becomes identical to example #4 on the linked page.

    #4 "to be to do something" – used in an "if" clause for suggesting a possible aim when you are saying what must happen in order to achieve it. "If we are to compete successfully in world markets, we must invest more money in education and training".

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