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    #1

    fit to do/to be done

    1. Thanks to a Russian cameraman, his first three pictures were not fit to be seen.
    2. The water in this well is not fit to drink.

    The first sentence comes from the CAE. I'd like to know if 'to be seen' and 'to see', and in the second sentence, 'to drink' and 'to be drunk', are interchangeable.
    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: fit to do/to be done

    Any help?

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    #3

    Re: fit to do/to be done

    1. Thanks to a Russian cameraman, his first three pictures were not fit to see.

    2. The water in this well is not fit to drink/ fit to be drunk.


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    Re: fit to do/to be done

    SoupRe: fit to do/to be done
    1. Thanks to a Russian cameraman, his first three pictures were not fit to see.

    2. The water in this well is not fit to drink/ fit to be drunk.


    So, the first sentence must be "fit to be seen" ? But, why both active and passive tense are fine with the second sentence?

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    #5

    Re: fit to do/to be done

    fit + present tense = healthy to _______.
    fit + past participle = idiomatic


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