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    why an active infinitive?

    Does it matter very much if you replace 'to eat' with 'to be eaten','to do' with 'to be done' in the blanks below? I would be very pleased if you could give me the grammatical explanation from scratch.
    Thanks.
    This food is much too hot -----------------------.
    The questions were easy------------------------.
    Last edited by eddkzk; 06-Jan-2007 at 13:38.

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    Re: why an active infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by erdogan kizilkale View Post
    Does it matter very much if you replace 'to eat' with 'to be eaten','to do' with 'to be done' in the blanks below? I would be very pleased if you could give me the grammatical explanation from scratch.
    Thanks.
    This food is much too hot -----------------------. to eat/to be eaten
    The questions were easy------------------------. to do
    But 'easy to be done' would be wrong. 'Easy' behaves differently from 'hot'. You could say 'It was easy to do the questions' but not 'It was too hot to eat the food' (unless you meant that the ambient temperature was too hot to permit eating, as in 'It was too hot to eat a heavy meal, so we just had sandwiches' - in that sentence the 'it' doesn't refer to 'the food').

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