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    Nothing to wear or....

    Lately, I've found something confusing. Such as "nothing to wear", "nothing to lose", "nothing to laugh". Aren't those sentence supposed to be passive voice? Like "nothing to be worn" etc



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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    The (pro)noun modified by a to-infinitive can be the patient of it, as in 'the first thing to do', so it is correct not to use the passive voice.

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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I found some information that may interest you.

    1. "There was a lot to do." / "There was a lot to be done."

    a. One expert says that the "active and passive infinitives are sometimes [ my emphasis] interchangeable."

    2. He points out, too, that they can have different meanings.

    a. "There was nothing to do so we played computer games." ( = we were bored.)

    b. "There was nothing to be done." ( = We can't change that.")


    Credit: L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar (1998 edition, page 312).

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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    I think the passive infinitive must be used if it is followed by 'by someone/something', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    Quote Originally Posted by xoleoni97 View Post
    Lately, I've found something confusing. Such as "nothing to wear", "nothing to lose", "nothing to laugh". Aren't those sentence supposed to be passive voice? Like "nothing to be worn" etc



    thanks
    There is nothing wrong with your examples (except the third needs at least one more word, such as "at").
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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I found some information that may interest you.

    1. "There was a lot to do." / "There was a lot to be done."

    a. One expert says that the "active and passive infinitives are sometimes [ my emphasis] interchangeable."

    2. He points out, too, that they can have different meanings.

    a. "There was nothing to do so we played computer games." ( = we were bored.)

    b. "There was nothing to be done." ( = We can't change that.")


    Credit: L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar (1998 edition, page 312).
    What did the sentence mean in no.1?

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    Re: Nothing to wear or....

    'There were a lot of things to do/to be done.'

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