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    #1

    strawberries to buy

    Can one say
    a. These are strawberries to buy.
    instead of
    b. These of strawberries that can be bought.
    ?

    Can one say
    c. That man has strawberries to buy.
    instead of
    d. That man has strawberries one can buy.
    ?
    .

    I don't find (a) and (c) particularly natural, but I don't think they are incorrect.
    We can say, after all,
    e. She has eyes to die for.
    can't we?


    Many thanks.

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    Re: strawberries to buy

    a-d are all fairly unnatural. We'd say "That man is selling strawberries". (I assume b was supposed to say "These are ...", not "These of ...")

    e is fine because "... to die for" is an accepted idiom. It means that whatever it is would be worth dying for.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: strawberries to buy

    Thank you so much,

    How about

    f. These are books to borrow and these are reference books, which means they can't be borrowed.
    g. These are books for borrowing and these are reference books.

    h. We have books to borrow.
    i. We have books for borrowing.

    ?

    Do these work?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: strawberries to buy

    Again, the use of the "to + infinitive" construction sounds unnatural to me.

    f. These are books you/one can borrow and these are reference books (which you can't borrow).
    g. These are books you can borrow and these are reference books.
    h. We have books you can borrow.
    i. We have books you can borrow.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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