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Offline navi

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an expensive coat
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:30:04 am »
1) This is an expensive coat to wear on a hiking trip.
2) This is an expensive coat to be worn on a hiking trip.

Meaning: It is not wise to wear such an expensive coat on a hiking trip. You shouldn't wear it on a hiking trip. It is too expensive for that.

Are sentences '1' and '2' correct and do they correspond to the given meaning?

I suspect that '2' might mean: This is an expensive coat that should be worn on a hiking trip.

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3) This is an expensive tie, to wear at high-end gatherings
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4) This is an expensive tie, to be worn at high-end gatherings.

Are '3' and '4' correct?

If they are, do they imply that the tie should be worn only at high-end gatherings?

Gratefully,
Nav
« Last Edit: November 10, 2019, 04:31:46 am by navi »

Offline Darryl

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Re: an expensive coat
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2019, 09:01:49 am »
1) This is an expensive coat to wear on a hiking trip.  Assumed meaning: it is unwise to wear it on a hiking trip.
2) This is an expensive coat to be worn on a hiking trip. Ambiguous. Usually this would mean the same as #1, but it could also mean that it should be worn. In the latter case, the addition of 'only' would clarify the meaning.
#3 and #4 are slightly different  because expensive tie and high end gatherings go together (as opposed to expensive coat and hiking trip). You would expect an expensive tie to be worn at those gatherings, so you are correct.

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Re: an expensive coat
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2019, 05:14:34 pm »
#1 and #2 -This is too expensive a coat to be worn...
I would also recast #3 and #4 - This is an expensive tie which can be worn.../is suitable to be worn...
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