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Today I was talking about wine with a friend. He told me that someone gave him a fine red wine bottle as a present. He tried to practice his english trying to tell me that he was going to save that bottle for a special ocassion in the future. He said: " this is a bottle of wine to be drunk in the future". My question is if this last sentence is correct, should he use drink,drank, or drank?

Thanks for your time and patience

Javier Casellas
Bs.As., Argentina
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Your friend's sentence is correct:

It's a passive construction, here of the infinitive. A passive form always consists of a form of "be" and the past participle of the main verb, here: drunk (p.p. of drink).

Cheers,
Pemmican
Both and are used as past participles in some dialects of English. Pemmican described the passive use well in the last posting and a variant could be,

... this is a bottle of wine to drink in the future".
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Thanks for your help. I think I will drink the bottle of wine to be drunk/drank next Friday!

JC
No, you can't say 'to be drank'.

To be drunk - yes
to drink - yes
to be drank - no as we already drank it!
In those English dialects, "drank" is used as the past participle instead of standardized "drunk", it is of course right to say "to be drank".

You should however avoid drank, as it is only used dialectical, and dialect speakers know the standardized form "drunk" anyways. Also, some people could regard the use of drank instead of drunk as uneducated, or - when they're not familiar with the dialect - as wrong.
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Or as a sign that you had indeed just 'drank' the bottle.
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