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a fascinating story

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:45 am
by navi
Are these sentences correct:

1) That is a scary story to read to a child.
2) That is a scary story to be read to a child.

3) That is a fascinating story to read to a child.

4) That is a fascinating story to be read to a child.

Do the first two mean:
a) That is a story that is too scary to read to a child, (The speaker is advising against reading that story to a child)
or simply:
b) That story will scare a child. (Maybe the speaker thinks that it is OK if a child is scared by a story from time to time)

What -if anything- do the second two mean?

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: a fascinating story

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:22 pm
by Bobinwales
Neither 1 or 2 are saying what you think that they are saying.
The line you are looking for is surely, "That is too scary a story to read to a child".
The other version would be along the lines of...
"That's a scary story you can read to a child".