Reduced relative clauses: built or to be built?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bamboo13, May 2, 2014.

  1. bamboo13 Member

    Vietnamese
    Queen Elizabeth was the largest ship which was built on the island.
    => Queen Elizabeth was the largest ship to be built on the island.(1)
    => Queen Elizabeth was the largest ship built on the island.(2)
    I think (1) is correct but is (2) acceptable ?Thank you so much!
     
  2. Liam Lew's Senior Member

    I think 2 is acceptable.
     
  3. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London but from Yorkshire
    English - England
    2. is fine. I think 1 is grammatically correct but it is not so frequent.
     
  4. bamboo13 Member

    Vietnamese
    thank you! But Which one is more common in written language ? Which one is more common in spoken language?
     
  5. bamboo13 Member

    Vietnamese
    Should I write (1) or (2) in my written test?
     
  6. Liam Lew's Senior Member

    Either is fine. I'd go for 2 because it's shorter, but you can really use either.
     

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