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    to do or to be done

    Hi, my dear teachers. Long time no greetings. But I never forget you. Now, your help is needed again.
    An important exam to ________tomorrow, Tom feels a little nervous.
    A. take B. be taken
    Can A and B both used here?
    Or only one can be used here? If so, which one?
    As far as I am concerned, I prefer A. Because Tom is to take the exam. But someone told me, B is better, because we should say "An exam is taken by someone." So I get lost.
    You know more, so please tell me the answer and the reasons behind.
    Thanks a lot!

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    I AM NOT A TEACHER

    The sentence is in passive voice, so "to be taken" is to be used.

    Tom is to taken an exam ....
    An exam is to be taken by Tom....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    An important exam to ________tomorrow, Tom feels a little nervous.
    A. take B. be taken
    Can A and B both used here?
    Neither form would be natural. If the sentence began with "With an important exam ...", both forms would be possible.
    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    The sentence is in passive voice, so "to be taken" is to be used.
    No. Both forms are possible.

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