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It is an important thing to do or to be done? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Can i use them interchangably and is there a common rule for such constructions? Thanks in advance.
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To infinitive as a complement for Adjective [duplicate]

Today, I was teaching my siblings how to use the 'to infinitive' as an adjective complement. We were discussing how the structure it + linking verb + to infinitive + object has the same meaning as the ...
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Grammar confusion, why without -ed [duplicate]

I am confused with this sentence "Convincing evidence to support this theory is hard to obtain" In my opinion, shouldn't be the "obtain" is "obtained", because the sentence sounds like a passive ...
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How to use the word difficulty correctly [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: The city is difficult to turn into an economic center. OR it must be: It is difficult to turn the city into an economic center. Thank you.
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Why does “I was happy to do my homework” work, but “I was tired to do my homework” doesn't?

I'm teaching ESL, and I came across a question from one of my students that I don't know how to answer. Using the form "{subject} {verb} {adjective} {infinitive phrase}" we've been going over ...
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How does the to infinitive work with adjectives like “wrong” and “wise”?

You were wrong to pick that car I was wise to go home that day. I can't quite explain how the to-infinitive modifies the adjectives here. It's similar to sentences like "It's nice to see you&...
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to do/to be done — passive voice

I was doing some exercises on error spotting and I came across this sentence: "Iodine deficiency is an easy and inexpensive nutrient disorder to prevent." (1) The answer suggested is to replace "to ...
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The role of infinitive in this sentence

I have a question on this sentence "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish." -Aeschylus What role does to seem play in this sentence. I think it is an infinitive. But does it ...
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John ate vs John is too stubborn to talk to

I was intrigued by an observation made by Noam Chomsky in this video, namely that if we take the sentence John ate an apple and drop an apple to get John ate John ate an apple. John ate. we ...
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'It is adj to V' 's to -infinitive

It is said that he was murdered. /It is nice to meet someone. /She is difficult to persuade. About 'to meet someone'. Do Americans read it the same as 'that he was murdered', which is a Real Subject, ...