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    Relative Clause with "to be"

    I'm not sure if this structure is correct:

    "Competiveness is a more important value to be instilled in people."

    Or would it be

    "Competitiveness is a more important value to instill in people"

    Or something else?

    Also, does anyone know where I can find out more information about this kind of structure.

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    Re: Relative Clause with "to be"

    Competitiveness is (one of) the most important values to instill in people.
    Last edited by Champleon; 17-Sep-2014 at 14:54.

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    Re: Relative Clause with "to be"

    1. It is the most important thing to be done.
    2. It is the most important thing to do.
    Similarly, which is correct? The second one too?

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    Re: Relative Clause with "to be"

    Hello.
    I don't think the original (comparative form) should be changed to the superlative form. Is the speaker is comparing two things, then it would be fine - if he/she is comparing 'compassion' with 'competitiveness', for example.
    I'd go for the first one. (It's just a non-native speaker's opinion.)
    (Where is the 'relative clause', by the way?)


    To Matthew:
    I think both of your sentences are correct.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 17-Sep-2014 at 18:02.

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    Re: Relative Clause with "to be"

    I agree that both are correct. The only difference is that the first uses the passive voice, and the second, the active.
    Number 2 tends to suggests more than 1 does that it's the speaker and listeners who are going to instill this competitiveness in people.
    As another example, if you were not a health care person, you'd probably not say "We should vaccinate all children", but "All children should be vaccinated."

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