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    to v and to be pp

    Hi teachers.

    A: I'm hungry.
    B: There might be something ( ) in the fridge.

    1.to eat
    2.eating
    3.for eating
    4.to be eaten

    I know the anwer is No1, but I think No4 can also be the answer.
    Am i right? I want to hear your opinions.

    p.s) I learned that "There are a lot of things to do."and "There are a lot of things to be done." are the same.


    Regards~
    Last edited by Grinkl; 14-Mar-2008 at 18:07.


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    Re: to v and to be pp

    Everthing in the fridge is to be eaten! So to say, 'there might be something in the fridge to be eaten' would suggest that this particular fridge is only very occasionally used for storing food, and is mostly used for ice cubes or something that we would not regard as 'food'.
    We use the phrase 'to be eaten" in the following way:

    I've put the left-over lamb in the fridge. Nobody is to touch it (=meaning: eat it). It's to be eaten for lunch tomorrow.


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    Re: to v and to be pp

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Everthing in the fridge is to be eaten!
    We use the phrase 'to be eaten" in the following way:

    I've put the left-over lamb in the fridge. Nobody is to touch it (=meaning: eat it). It's to be eaten for lunch tomorrow.
    So you mean No4 cannot be right in the coneverstion above?


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    Re: to v and to be pp

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Everthing in the fridge is to be eaten! So to say, 'there might be something in the fridge to be eaten' would suggest that this particular fridge is only very occasionally used for storing food, and is mostly used for ice cubes or something that we would not regard as 'food'.
    We use the phrase 'to be eaten" in the following way:

    I've put the left-over lamb in the fridge. Nobody is to touch it (=meaning: eat it). It's to be eaten for lunch tomorrow.
    Thank you very much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinkl View Post

    p.s) I learned that "There are a lot of things to do."and "There are a lot of things to be done." are the same.
    As you already know, it's possible to use active and passive infinitives with the same meaning. But this won't always apply to the sentences with something, anything or nothing included:

    When I lived in the country there was often nothing to do in your spare time. (= I was often bored)
    When I lived in the country there wasn't often anything to do in your spare time.
    When I moved to the city there was always something to do in your spare time. (= I wasn't bored at all)

    The police says there was nothing to be done concerning that issue. (= there was no action that anybody could take)
    The police says there wasn't anything to be done concerning that issue.
    The police says there was something to be done concerning that issue. (= there was some action that somebody could have taken)

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