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    #1

    for us to

    1-That apple is for us to eat.
    2-Those medicatitions are for you to take.

    3-It is for us to go out.

    In which of the above cases:
    a-we are talking about an obligation
    in which:
    b-we are talking about a capability or a right (we can eat the apple)
    and in which
    c-The sentence is ambiguous.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 19-Jun-2009 at 07:42.


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    #2

    Re: for us to

    1 is b (about the apple)
    2 could be a or b (about the medications) Perhaps the medications are to be taken only if necessary at the discretion of the person taking them.
    3 is not a correct sentence. It is ambiguous and extremely unclear. Also, the second "it" is unnecessary and repetitious.
    Last edited by tigerpaws; 18-Jun-2009 at 05:53. Reason: corrected my spelling

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    #3

    Re: for us to

    Thank you Tigerpaws.
    How about:

    a-It is for us to act.
    b-It is for you to decide whether you want to stay or leave.
    c-It is for him to defend his honor.


    I think my sentence 3 was confusing, especially since it had no context. This structure is not incorrect.... At least I don't think it is...My apologies for picking an awkward example, or for being hard-headed, as the case may be!


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    #4

    Re: for us to

    b and c are fine. "a" sounds either very dramatic or like a poetic way to express something. More clearly one might say: We must act! Less formally it would be common to say: We need to do something. or We need to do something about this.

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