I have asked the same question in ELL Stackexchange forum. There all the answers and comments I received was really helpful, but still I was looking for something more. So I have decided to ask this same question here also.
I have seen some sentences like this -
- The film was announced to be released on this coming Friday.
- The film was announced to release on this coming Friday.
Both the sentences are used, and I know they are interchangeable and does bear the same meaning. But I have some doubt about the second sentence - why is it "to release", when the film cant release itself.
Some other sentences of similar structure that arises my confusion -
- The product sells well.
- The book reads well.
- The glass broke.
The sentences are understandable, but in each of the sentences the subjects can't perform any job, as they all are inanimate object. The verbs are active, but they acts like they are used as passive.
Now my question is how to decide which verb to use this way and which not?