Reply to "can be folded to..."

navi posted:

Are these sentences correct:
1) That letter needs to be read at least twice to extract some information from it.
2) This chair can fold to put in the trunk of a car.
3This chair can fold to be put in the trunk of a car.
4) This chair can be folded to put in the trunk of a car.
5) This chair can be folded to be put in the trunk of a car.

Hello, Navi,

All five of the sentences are pretty bad, to tell you the truth, though (5) is technically correct. The problem with (2) is that "put" wants to be "fit":

(2a) This chair can fold to fit in the trunk of a car.

I suppose the correctness of (1) is debatable. I don't like it, though. I suggest that its sentence-ending infinitival be changed to a passive "if"-clause:

(1a) That letter needs to be read at least twice if information is to be extracted from it.

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