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    #1

    the right person to help.

    You are the right person to help.

    The above sentence is quoted from Practical English Usage. There is no context. Does the right person to help mean the right person that should be helped?
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    Re: the right person to help.

    I think it could mean both 'the right person to be helped' and 'the right person to help someone else'.
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    Re: the right person to help.

    Without context you can't eliminate both possibilities, but it's far more common for it to mean 'the right person to help someone else' - i.e. the one with the necessary skills or knowledge to assist with a problem.

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    Re: the right person to help.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    You are the right person to help.

    The above sentence is quoted from Practical English Usage. There is no context.
    There has to be a context. Practical English Usage does not print random sentences for no reason.

    What grammar topic was being illustrated by said sentence?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Jul-2015 at 08:31.

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    Re: the right person to help.

    '22. structure more + adjective/adverb, used in the same way (e.g. more useful, more politely). complement (1) a part of a sentence that gives more information about the subject (after be, seem and some other verbs), or, in some structures, about the object. Examples: You're the right person to help; She looks very kind; They elected him President.'── quoted from http://www.slideshare.net/donaldjaka...agemichaelswan (Boldface in red is mine.)
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