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Hi,

I just saw a sentence as below, and I'm not sure whether my understanding is right:

I have got a letter to write.

First, I thought the sentence was wrong, because of my understanding, if the infinitive were used to describe a lifeless thing, shouldn't we use passive voice? Such as " I have got a letter to be wrote". Later on, however, I started to think that the action might relate to the subject, which is "I".

Well, I am still not sure about whether I am right. Could you help me a bit?

Thanks!
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Hi,

I just saw a sentence as below, and I'm not sure whether my understanding is right:

I have got a letter to write.

First, I thought the sentence was wrong, because of my understanding, if the infinitive were used to describe a lifeless thing, shouldn't we use passive voice? Such as " I have got a letter to be written". Later on, however, I started to think that the action might relate to the subject, which is "I". Yes, you're right. You see this more clearly if you change the word order to say I have got to write a letter.

Consider also these examples.

I have got a shirt to wash. Sounds like I will wash it.

I have got a shirt to be washed. Sound like someone else may wash it.

Best wishes, Clive
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It's a appreciated, thanks!