a book to read VS a book to be read

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Gengle Knight

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Korean-South Korea
Hi, there! Here's a question.

There is a book to read.
There is a book to be read.

Both the sentences are grammatically right?
If so, what's the difference between them?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    Yes, both are grammatically correct. The first one uses the active form of the infinitive, 'to read', while the second one uses its passive form, 'to be read'.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Hi, there! Here's a question.

    There is a book to read.
    There is a book to be read.

    Both the sentences are grammatically right?
    If so, what's the difference between them?

    Thanks in advance!
    Sentence one says that if you (or anyone) is looking for a book to read, there is one here.

    Sentence two says that there is a book here that must (or should) be read: can we find someone to do it?
     

    Gengle Knight

    Senior Member
    Korean-South Korea
    Sentence one says that if you (or anyone) is looking for a book to read, there is one here.

    Sentence two says that there is a book here that must (or should) be read: can we find someone to do it?
    That makes sense either!
    Appreciate it! ^^
     
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