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    the meaning of `say`.

    to : used to say what can or cannot be done, or what should be done.

    You'll soon be old enough to vote in elections.
    He did not have the energy to resist.

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    what's the meaning of say ?

    (It is hard for me to find the meaning in the dictionary. I'm sorry.)

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    Re: the meaning of `say`.

    What's wrong with 'express in words', a definition given by many of the dictionaries at www.onelook,com?

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    Re: the meaning of `say`.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldfishLord View Post
    To is used to say what can or cannot be done [no comma in a series of two] or what should be done.

    You'll soon be old enough to vote in elections.
    He did not have the energy to resist.

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    What's the meaning of say? (It is hard for me to find the meaning in the dictionary. I'm sorry.)
    Those are not clear examples. In those, to is simply part of the infinitive verb. Better:

    You are to wash the car. = You are required to wash the car.

    She was to discover more secrets the next day. = She was destined to discover more secrets the next day.

    He said I was not to leave, no matter what. = He said I was not allowed to leave, no matter what.

    They expected sunshine, but they were to be disappointed. = They expected sunshine, but they were destined to be disappointed.

    So in your first sentence, "say" is simply used in the sense of "show" or "indicate." This is more complete:

    To is used to say what can or cannot be done, what should be done, or what will happen.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: the meaning of `say`.

    To is used to say what can or cannot be done [no comma in a series of two] or what should be done.

    You'll soon be old enough to vote in elections.
    He did not have the energy to resist.
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    You are to wash the car. She was to discover more secrets the next day. He said I was not to leave, no matter what. They expected sunshine, but they were to be disappointed.

    1. What's the point of writing this?
    2.Is To the same meaning as to?
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    You are required
    to wash the car. She was destined to discover more secrets the next day. He said I was not allowed to leave, no matter what.
    They expected sunshine, but they were destined to be disappointed.

    1.What's the point of writing this?
    2.Is To the same meaning as to?

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    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by GoldfishLord; 04-May-2016 at 04:56.

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