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    #1

    infinitive used as adj.

    I wonder if the two sentences below are the same:

    The first runner to cross the finishing line is the winner.

    The first runner crossing the finishing line is the winner.

    I think The first runner to cross the finishing line is the winner can be turned into The first runner who crosses the finishing line is the winner. Is it correct?
    Thank you very much.

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    #2

    Re: infinitive used as adj.

    Both "The first runner who crosses the finishing line is the winner" and "The first runner to cross the finishing line is the winner" sound perfectly fine to me- and yes, they do mean the same. "The first runner crossing the finishing line is the winner" sounds weird- are you talking about a runner that's crossing the finishing line as you speak or...???.

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    #3

    Re: infinitive used as adj.

    In AmE, we normally use "finish line".

    Both of your suggestions work. In addition substituting "who crosses the finish line" also works.

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    Re: infinitive used as adj.

    The situation I created was in a race, so there were runners.
    Originally the sentence I made was The first one to cross the finishing line is the winner.

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    #5

    Re: infinitive used as adj.

    If the context of a race is clear, that also works.

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