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    #1

    To be seen.

    Hi guys,

    Please check. "Ids were/are not to be seen", does it mean I am/was unable to see ids?

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    Re: To be seen.

    I don't know what an 'id' is - it usually refers to a componenet of the subconscious mind, as per Freud. In that sense, they are never seen.
    Perhaps you mean IDs, such as identificaton tags. Anyhow the question can be answered without that knowledge.
    "IDs are not to be seen" could mean "You must keep you ID hidden".
    "IDs were not to be seen" could mean "We couldn't see any IDs anywhere."
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Jun-2014 at 07:48. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: To be seen.

    If you mean that there was no requirement for people to show their ID for verification purposes, you can say "IDs didn't need to be shown".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To be seen.

    No you didn't get me. If I was trying to find something and I didn't get it then can I say "That thing was not to be seen"?

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    #5

    Re: To be seen.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    No you didn't get me. If I was trying to find something and I didn't get it then can I say "That thing was not to be seen"?
    Did you read what Ray wrote?
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    IDs were not to be seen" could mean "We couldn't see any IDs anywhere."
    But why in the WORLD would you want that to be passive? I couldn't see any IDs. No one could see any IDs. We couldn't see any IDs.
    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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