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Do we need "to be"(or a form of 'to be') before adjectives? For example:
I want my hair black.
I want my hair to be black.
This is ready to publish.
This is ready to be published.
I would like this short.
I would like this to be short.
Would you tell me which of each pair is correct and explain the syntax behind it, please.
Dec 29, 2020 at 16:38
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All of them are correct difference being that in your paired alternatives first one ends with a complement - black , to publish and short and the second one is an elided /reduced adjective clause functioning as an adjective phrase.
which is to be short/ to be black /to be published*
You may use either.
Dec 29, 2020 at 17:45
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