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    Which form is better - active or passive?

    Hello.

    Suppose that there are a few pipes that have to be welded on to something. The problem is that that "something" does not exist.

    How can I express it in a proper way:

    • there is nothing to weld the pipes on to

    or

    • there is nothing to which to weld the pipes on

    or

    • there is nothing for the pipes to be welded on to?


    What do you think of the above variants?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Which form is better - active or passive?

    I'd use the first one.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: Which form is better - active or passive?

    Is the third variant acceptable?

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    Re: Which form is better - active or passive?

    Yes. The second one is not, though.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Which form is better - active or passive?

    If you want to use "to which", you need to remove the "on".

    There is nothing to which to weld the pipes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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