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    #1

    Cool to tear or to be torn, that's the question!

    Hello!

    Can you help me with this one, please?

    "This fabric is too tight. It will tear/be torn when you fold the stroller".

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Will

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    #2

    Re: to tear or to be torn, that's the question!

    NOT A TEACHER

    I'd go for "tear".

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    #3

    Re: to tear or to be torn, that's the question!

    Hi,
    Could you explain why you don't choose "to be torn" with the passive sentence?
    Is there any difference in meaning?

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    #4

    Re: to tear or to be torn, that's the question!

    It's not wrong and there's no difference in meaning, but it's wordier and not an improvement.
    You could also say "You'll tear it if you try to fold the stroller."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: to tear or to be torn, that's the question!

    You'll easily tear it - active
    It'll easily be torn - passive
    it tears easily - medio-passive.

    'You pays your money and you takes your choice'.

    b

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