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    #1

    for me to

    Can one use:
    1) The situation is too complicated to analyse.

    instead of:
    2) The situation is too complicated for me to analyse.

    assuming the context makes it clear that I am talking about myself.


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    Can one use:
    3) The book is too big to read half of it in one day.

    instead of:
    4) The book is too big for me to read half of it in one day.

    assuming the context makes it clear that I am talking about myself.


    I feel uncomfortable with '1' and '3'. They sound like general statements to me no matter what the context is.

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    #2

    Re: for me to

    You're right. If you don't specify, the reader understands both statements to be general.

    Maybe you're a beginner at analysis. Someone with more experience could analyze it, but you don't know where to begin.

    Perhaps you're a very slow reader; most people could read the whole book in a one day but you can't even finish half of it.

    If you don't include for me in both statements, the reader could be left guessing.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: for me to

    I would omit 'it' from sentences 3) and 4).
    I am not a teacher

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