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    analyzing sentense

    Dear Teacher,

    Follwing a sentense which I'll appreicate if u can help me to understand the its structue :

    "We are bound to increase our gross profit"

    questions:

    1. is bound an adjective that describe "us" ? could I write instead of bound " commited" , becouse it's sound like a passive although I think it isn't.
    2. what tense is it? I think it is a future simple .

    please advice.

    Rinot


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    Re: analyzing sentense

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    Follwing a sentense which I'll appreicate if u can help me to understand the its structue :
    I would appreciate it if you could explain to me the structure of the following sentence:

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    "We are bound to increase our gross profit"

    questions:

    1. is bound an adjective that describe "us" ? could I write instead of bound " commited" , becouse it's sound like a passive although I think it isn't.
    2. what tense is it? I think it is a future simple .

    please advice.

    Rinot
    be supposed to; be destined to; be bound to are all idiomatic phrases. The adjectives supposed, destined and bound (bound = very certain) take a to-infinitive as an adjective complement. Omit the adjectives and the result is idiomatic 'be to'.

    There is no passive with them. The participles are all adjectives. The tense is simple present (are).


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    Re: analyzing sentense

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    I would appreciate it if you could explain to me the structure of the following sentence:



    be supposed to; be destined to; be bound to are all idiomatic phrases. The adjectives supposed, destined and bound (bound = very certain) take a to-infinitive as an adjective complement. Omit the adjectives and the result is idiomatic 'be to'.

    There is no passive with them. The participles are all adjectives. The tense is simple present (are).
    Svartnik thank you!

    I couldn't find in the web site a sample of idioms like you mentioned.

    can u recomend me a site where I can find the those idioms.

    Thanks!!!

    Rinot

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