Children are to be free from any abuse.

marcogaiotto

Senior Member
Italian
Hello! Can you help me, please?
Children are to be free from any abuse.
Do you find this sentence correct and natural?
I'm wondering if "are to be" sounds good or I'd better say must/ have to.
Thanks a lot beforehand!
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Without more context, I cannot say for sure.

    I am fairly certain that this would sound very odd, even somewhat humorous despite the seriousness of the subject matter. I might expect, as one example, "Children should be protected from any abuse" if you are talking about children in general.

    Now, suppose you were conducting a study and were looking for children who had not suffered abuse. In that case, you might say something like "should not have suffered from abuse."
     

    marcogaiotto

    Senior Member
    Italian
    I'm trying to sum up a text about children's rights (school homework). Mine is a grammar point, more than other kinds of reasoning...Thanks for your support...
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Using the phrase "are to be" is giving a command to the reader/listener "Must" and "have to" are also commands. Who are you giving this command to?

    To make a statement that is not a command to the reader, use "should be" or "ought to be" or "it is important that".
     
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