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    #1

    Thumbs up Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    Why do the words "to be" use here?
    Can I use single word "to" here?

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    #2

    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    No, you can't. It's correct as it is. Say 'Why are the words "to be" used here?'.
    “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: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    What is the sentence mean?

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    #4

    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    What is does the sentence mean?
    Where did you read the sentence?

    You should always tell us the source of any text you quote.

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    #5

    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    People wanted to draw her in, probably to express a view, and she was unwilling because of the sensitivity of whatever is being discussed.

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    #6

    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    I don't think arenas are sensitive. It could be a sensitive area.

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    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.


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    #8

    Re: Merkel was reluctant to be drawn into such a sensitive arena.

    In this case, arena means "subject of public discourse". It's an appropriate word for the context.
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