Grammar Patterns

the N be to-inf

the N be to-inf

The noun is preceded by the and is followed by a form of the verb be and a to-infinitive clause. Some nouns which can be followed directly by to-infinitive clauses, and some which cannot, can be used in this pattern. This pattern is a way of introducing and labelling the action you are going to mention.
the Nounbeto-infinitive clause
The ideaisto help people find jobs.
The trickisto plan ahead.
Theeasiestwayisto cut back on staff.
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'aim' groupThe 'trick' groupThe 'plan' groupThe 'challenge' groupThe 'effect' groupThe 'temptation' group

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