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    Lightbulb To be

    When you're the first boy to be born into a village chalk-a-block full of girls after 20 years, let me tell you that's some burden to bear.

    Does this sentence mean like this - When you're the first boy who will born into a village chalk-a-block full of girls after 20 years, let me tell you that's some burden to bear.

    If I omit the "to be" in this sentence will it be correct or not? If not, then why? Please explain.

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    Re: To be

    It means "who was" (in that context), not "who will be". The following all mean the same here.

    When you're the first boy to be born into ...
    When you're the first boy who was born into ...
    When you're the first boy born into ...

    The person was talking about his own experience, I believe. He was the first boy born into a village full of girls.

    The phrase is "chock-a-block", not "chalk-a-block".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It means "who was" (in that context), not "who will be". The following all mean the same here.

    When you're the first boy to be born into ...
    When you're the first boy who was born into ...
    When you're the first boy born into ...

    The person was talking about his own experience, I believe. He was the first boy born into a village full of girls.

    The phrase is "chock-a-block", not "chalk-a-block".
    Thanks. Sometimes I don't understand why people use this " to be " word where they don't need to use it.

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    Re: To be

    Quote Originally Posted by Dukul12345 View Post
    Thanks. Sometimes I don't understand why people use this "to be" word where they don't need to. use it.
    Note my changes above. "to be" isn't a (one) word so you can't say "this word" or "to use it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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