active vs. passive infinitive

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active vs. passive infinitive

Unread postby matthau » 27 Mar 2008, 18:00

Hi folks,

Can't work out the difference between:

(1) There are a lot of things to do here.
(2) There a lot of things to be done here.

Is it about modality? Possibility vs. necessity?

How about:
(3) This is a book to read.
(4) This is the book to be read.

Does (3) mean 'worth reading' and (4) 'that must be read'?

Also:
(5) This box is too heavy to lift.
Is it possible to say:
(6) This box is too heavy to be lifted?
Difference?
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Re: active vs. passive infinitive

Unread postby rajeevlingwal » 30 Jul 2008, 03:38

plz explain me infinitive forms(present infinitive ,continuous infinitive,perfect infinitive,perfect continuous infinitive,present passive infinitive and perfect passive infinitive)


also the complete use of would in sentences
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