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    #1

    is to use

    Which are correct:
    1) This money is to be paid to the cab-driver.
    2) This money is to pay to the cab-driver.
    3) This money is for paying the cab-driver.

    4) This brush is to be used on large canvases.
    5) This brush is to use on large canvases.
    6) This brush is for using on large canvases.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: is to use

    #3 is the most natural of the first 3. #1 is OK. #2 is incorrect. You could say "This money is to pay the cab driver" - in fact, that would be more natural than any of your examples.

    With the second set, I would use "This brush is for use on large canvases".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is to use

    Thank you very much emsr2d2,

    Could you say (and I am not sure this is easy) why

    A) This money is to pay the cab driver.

    works and
    2) This money is to pay to the cab-driver.
    does not?

    Is 'A' equivalent to 'This money is to pay the cab driver with'?
    Is 'money' what is doing the paying in 'A' while in '2' a person is doing the paying?

    Like I said, I don't think this is an easy question. A lot of times native speakers just know that a sentence is wrong, but cannot say why. I'm afraid this might be one of those cases, and a complicated one at that.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #4

    Re: is to use

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    'This money is to pay the cab driver with'
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sh/pay_1?q=pay
    According to the above, you pay someone money but not 'with money'.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is 'money' what is doing the paying in 'A' while in '2' a person is doing the paying?
    I don't think 'money' can pay itself to people, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: is to use

    "To pay the cab driver" means "to give money to the cab driver [in return for services]". There is no need for "to pay to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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