She is beautiful to be an actress.

kyubi

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Japanese
Thank you for always helping me.What does this sentence mean?

She is beautiful to be an actress.

A She is beautiful.She is already an actress.
B She is beautiful.She is not an actress yet.
C She is beautiful.No suggestion if she is an actress or not.


Many thanks in advance.
 
  • Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    There should be "enough" just after "beautiful". But even then it would not be clear whether she is an actress or not. It would just express her suitability ( in terms of beauty) for being an actress.
     
    I agree we need "enough" here, but once stated as "She is beautiful enough to be an actress" tells me that there is a very strong probability she is not yet an actress, "to be" taking on the meaning of "to become/develop into" with also an additional possible implication of "I hope she DOES become an actress."

    On the other hand, if she is already an actress and I don't know that, but learn suddenly that she is, I might indeed comment "She's certainly beautiful enough to be one." I'm not contradicting Englishmypassion, just adding more thoughts...:)
     
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    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    But, D.T., please have a look at this:

    A: Who gave her break as an actress? She is not beautiful at all.
    B: No, I don't agree. She is beautiful enough to be an actress.
     
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