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    #1

    What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    Please kindly advise which one below is correct ?

    1) What items are expected to be edited ?
    2) What items are expected to edit ?
    3) What items to edit ?

    Thanks,
    Vincent

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    #2

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    What is your context?
    Who is expecting it?

    #2 won't work - the items do not do the editing.
    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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    #3

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    And 3, and all "sentences" like 3 are not true sentences. Native speakers don't speak like this.

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    #4

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    And 3, and all "sentences" like 3 are not true sentences.
    I agree. We frequently have to correct such interrogative + to- infinitive? questions asked by members in this forum.
    Native speakers don't speak like this.
    I don't agree.

    While such fragments are not accepted as sentences in writing, except as titles, they are common in informal conversation, in my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    There's an electronic form with many fields on it. I'm trying to ask which fields my colleagues expect to edit. Sorry that I'm not a native speaker so I need you guys help. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What is your context?
    Who is expecting it?

    #2 won't work - the items do not do the editing.

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    #6

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    Which fields do you want/need us/me to edit?

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    #7

    Re: What items are expected to be edited ? or What items are expected to edit ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    While such fragments are not accepted as sentences in writing, except as titles, they are common in informal conversation, in my opinion.
    They are not a feature of AusE. Maybe you'd hear this commonly in native English speakers from Hong Kong or Singapore.
    If one is pondering or speaking to oneself, it's possible to say "Now ... what items to edit". I cannot imagine a situation where a phrase like this is actually used as a question to somebody. Can you provide a short dialogue illustrating its use in BrE?

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