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Which one of the following is recommended to be used, and what is the difference between both of them?

You do not have to worry about anything.

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You do not have to be worried about anything.

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The first phrase has an active infinitive, and the second is a passive infinitive. They have virtually no differences in meaning (the one slight difference being that the first one implies that you do not have to do something, while the latter implies that you do not have to have something done to you), and they are completely interchangeable.

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They're both perfectly acceptable and there's no difference in meaning between the two.

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