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Offline xiemengxing

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easy to do/easy to be done
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:05:23 pm »
hello everyone,

Emily is easy to be ______ as she's the only one of the women who is wearing evening dress.
A.  realized   
B.respect   
C.recognized   
D.refused
(Key C)

Why isn't  the question itself  "Emily is easy to recognize as she's the only one of the women who is wearing evening dress." ?

Is the question itself wrong?


Many many thanks.






Offline Darryl

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Re: easy to do/easy to be done
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 09:49:29 pm »
You are right. The question is poorly written. Your suggestion is better. You could also have easily recognised.

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Re: easy to do/easy to be done
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 03:52:28 am »
Many thanks.
1. The box is easy to carry. (correct)
2. The box is easy to be carried. (incorrect)
I want to know the reason why the 2 is wrong. What about 3?
3. The box is easy to be carried away.

and?
4. The letter is easy to type.
5. The letter is easy to be typed.


Many thanks again.

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Re: easy to do/easy to be done
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 06:23:38 am »
Well, #2 is incorrect because the correct version is #1. There is just no good reason to change a normal sentence to one that is unnatural!

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Re: easy to do/easy to be done
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 04:04:55 am »
The box is ready _____
A. to carry     
B. to be carried.

It's said that both A and B are correct.
Why? I cannot get the hang of it. How to crack the nut?

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Re: easy to do/easy to be done
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2016, 12:08:36 pm »
Both are fine. Both are elliptical.
A. The box is ready (for somebody) to carry.
B. The box is ready to be carried (by somebody).

The infinitive replaces what would be a subordinate clause in some other languages.

As has been said elsewhere in this forum, we don't use a passive unless there is very good reason; so, A would be my preferred version.
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Duncan