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    Post there is +Noun+to be+past participle.

    Hi,
    I am confused with the sentences shown below,
    There is a house to be built soon.
    There is a question to be answered.

    I have been looking for examples in corpus sites such as COCA, I dont see any example sentences like them.

    I wanted to make sure if it would be OK to write, there is+Noun+to be+ past participle. Or is there other option to writer better?

    Please Help!!!
    Thanks !!!!
    Last edited by Frankykz; 20-Jul-2015 at 19:25. Reason: correcting the post

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    Re: there is +Noun+to be+past participle.

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

    Hello, Frankykz:

    When I want to know how authors use the English language, I go to the "books" section of Google (where thousands of books have been digitalized for us).

    I typed in "There are questions to be answered" and found many examples.

    I typed in "There are houses to be built" and found many examples.

    I think that this example will delight you:

    "There are goods to be weighed and measured; there are horses to be driven, to be shoed, to be groomed; there are houses to be built and repaired."

    Source: A Layman's Contribution ( published in 1857).

    Many examples, however, were not that old. Many were in recently published books.

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    Re: there is +Noun+to be+past participle.

    Hi TheParser
    Thank you so much for you answer. When I searched, I didn't see any examples with "house" although there are many examples such as "there is work to be done", there is something to be said for..." etc. So I am afraid to fit the particular word" house" in the sentence form. Now I feel safe to write sentence like " there is a HOUSE to be built".
    Thank you again!!!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Jul-2015 at 14:41. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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