A water purification facility was planned to be built on vacant land

JBPARK

Senior Member
A water purification facility was planned to be built on vacant land near the intersection.

Dear Veterans,

In the sentence above, which I wrote,

I'm just curious if I could drop "to be built", for the sake of brevity, without changing much of the meaning or making it sound awkward

as in, "A water purification facility was planned on vacant land near the intersection."

Would "planned" alone somewhat suffice to mean "planned to be built" within the context of the sentence?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "A water purification facility was planned on vacant land near the intersection."
    Hello. I'm sorry, but this sentence seems problematic to me. It seems to suggest that somebody sat or stood on the vacant land and planned a water purification facility.

    If you must use a passive sentence to express the idea, I think that something like to be built is necessary.
     

    JBPARK

    Senior Member
    Hate to bother you, sir, but I just wanna run something by you real quick
    I just stumbled upon the following sentence on Google

    A maintenance building is planned on the site where the old schoolhouse stands.

    Would you say this sentence also seems problematic since it can be construed differently?
     
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