to be followed

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to be followed

Post by navi » Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:37 am

Which are correct:

1) That he was being followed was a secret.
2) For him to be followed was a secret.

3) It was a secret that he was being followed.
4) It was a secret for him to be followed.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: to be followed

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:21 pm

3) sounds the most natural. 1) works in a context where the assertion is intended to contrast with the expectations either of the reader or of a third party (including a character in a fictional narrative).

The convolutions of 2) and 4) sound barbarous to my ear.
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