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    to be filled out is a form - possible structure

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose we list the number of forms to fill out. Is it possible to say "to be filled out is a form X ...." instead of saying "Form X .... needs to be filled out". This infinitive structure is fronted and is similar to "Joining me in the studio is Frank, which expresses "Frank is joining me in the studio" or "I am joined in the studio by Frank".

    Do you agree with my "to be filled out is a form" infinitive structure"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: to be filled out is a form - possible structure

    I don't agree. Your examples are needlessly complicated.

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    Re: to be filled out is a form - possible structure

    Instructions should preferably be in the active, and not passive voice and in the imperative. E.g. "Fill in the following forms: Form X, ...
    Your examples about "Frank joining you in the studio" does not involve the infinitive.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to be filled out is a form - possible structure

    No, it doesn't but both "Fill in the following forms: Form X, ..." and "Joining me in the studio is Frank" are examples of fronting (removing something from within a sentence and placing it at the front of a sentence).

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