He is the fourth person [to diagnose / to be diagnosed] with the disease

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Dr. Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity MSF, is the fourth person ---- with the disease in the US.

A) who was diagnosed
B) who has been diagnosed
C) to diagnose
D) to be diagnosed
E) diagnosed

I myself put forward the question. Which options sound fine to you? To me, D and E sound fine. I'm not sure about C. A and B have reduntant words, even if they are grammatically correct. Thanks.
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    I agree with you on A and B - so clumsy that the listener wonders what special nuance the speaker intended to achieve by avoiding D and E.

    I don't think I have ever heard C, and I don't like it, but I wouldn't be very surprised to hear it - verbs slide quite easily from transitive to intransitive or vice versa in various kinds of English, including technical English.

    D and E are best.
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