BE adjective TO infinitive

BE adjective TO infinitive

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The B2 Point 156 in MODALITY and adjectives is yet another overlapping entry for features that are already covered elsewhere.  It is generally defined as:

SUBJECT + ‘BE’ + ADJECTIVE + ‘TO’ + INFINITIVE

or

pronoun or noun + ‘be’ + adjective + ‘to’ + (past) infinitive.

However, this partially overlaps the B1 point 122 in the same category defined as:

 ‘IT’ + ‘BE’ + ADJECTIVE + INFINITIVE

HEDGING, EMPHASIS

to make an assertion more or less direct.

 

We will not cover the same points already done elsewhere, but we will attempt to find other adjectives that may meet the requirements of B2.  We will also choose B1 vocabulary as more appropriate for this B2 grammar and to avoid stop words and to lean on the range as back up for the lack of modality because we should also remember that not all adjectives carry the modality necessary here.

 

From Cambridge we get a definition of modality and some examples as such:

We often use modal verbs or other modal expressions when we want to express an opinion or attitude about a possible fact or to control a possible action. All modal expressions are about the speaker’s or writer’s view of the world.

Expressing degrees of certainty: possibleprobablecertainsurelikely, unlikely, definiteclearobvious

Expressing degrees of obligation: necessarycompulsoryobligatoryessential

To start off our search on iWeb we can attempt to merely find _jj to_t

Most of the following 7 most common

all seem to lead in with opinion or certainty:

1 EASY TO 1762104
2 LIKELY TO 1172023 (covered elsewhere)
3 SURE TO 975306
4 READY TO 967725 (not modal)
5 HARD TO 963472
6 IMPORTANT TO 814153
7 DIFFICULT TO 777925

8 WILLING TO 660980 (this might be considered a catenative adjective)

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9 POSSIBLE TO 596253 MODAL

10 SUPPOSED TO 556813 (covered elsewhere)
11 HAPPY TO 479905
12 EASIER TO 475834

13 NECESSARY TO 458769

14 FREE TO 434657
15 BEST TO 345368
16 GOOD TO 315227

17 IMPOSSIBLE TO 288575

18 AVAILABLE TO 281745
19 NICE TO 240781

20 PROUD TO 229677 (probably not modal)

21 DUE TO 227078 (covered elsewhere)
22 EXCITED TO 220690
23 PLEASED TO 198737
24 BETTER TO 190853
25 GREAT TO 189102
26 FUN TO 163892
27 AFRAID TO 156015
28 INTERESTING TO 154745
29 POTENTIAL TO 142520
30 GLAD TO 141311
31 HARDER TO 139173
32 SAFE TO 134666
33 ELIGIBLE TO 133721
34 LIKE TO 128774

35 UNLIKELY TO 126516 (MODAL)

36 EAGER TO 124968
37 SIMPLE TO 113124

38 DELIGHTED TO 102768

39 QUICK TO 98741

40 KEEN TO 96121

41 SURPRISED TO 88557
42 SORRY TO 83481
43 NEEDLESS TO 80714
44 SUFFICIENT TO 76967
45 RIGHT TO 76773
46 LUCKY TO 75276
47 USEFUL TO 74057

48 HELPFUL TO 73038

49 TOUGH TO 72878
50 WELCOME TO 69887
51 RELUCTANT TO 63983
52 INCLINED TO 63039

53 ESSENTIAL TO 59705 MODAL

54-74 =

LONG, FORTUNATE, LATE, OK, WISE, INTERESTED, EXPENSIVE, FAIR, INTENT, UNWILLING, OKAY, EARLY, CURIOUS, LONGER, APPROPRIATE, SLOW, SAD, CONTENT, COOL, CAREFUL, DESPERATE

75 PUBLIC TO 33616 (this is odd)

76 COMMON TO 33539

77 ADVISABLE TO 33255
78 COMFORTABLE TO 32848
79 EASIEST TO 32788

80 ANXIOUS TO 32665

81 TEMPTING TO 31044

82 REASONABLE TO 30824

83 EXCITING TO 29914
84 CHEAPER TO 29724

85 SIMILAR TO 29419 (this is probably incorrectly tagged as ‘to’=preposition)

86 CERTAIN TO 29131 (covered elsewhere)
87 WRONG TO 28457
88 HESITANT TO 28446
89 KEY TO 28031
90 CRITICAL TO 27573
91 ILLEGAL TO 27407
92 LIGHT TO 27307
93 PRONE TO 27254

94 CONVENIENT TO 27174

95 NEW TO 27082
96 AMAZING TO 26969
97 SMALL TO 26958
98 TRICKY TO 26635

99 SCARED TO 25715

100 FIT TO 24848

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