[Grammar] nothing to be done

Kotfor

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Do they mean what I think they mean?

1) There was nothing to be done. - (There was left nothing for us to do even if we had tried to.)

2) There was nothing to do. - (There was nothing interesting for us to do or entertain ourselves.)
 

Raymott

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1) also means "There was nothing we could do [about the situation], even if we wanted to." It was out of our control.
 
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