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Hi,

Her popularity soared for the next decade. Her second album, “Whitney,” in 1987, became the first album by a woman to enter the Billboard charts at No. 1, and it included four No. 1 singles.

Q1) The presence of the infinitival clause was made possible by the word "first", which was mentioned right befor that. Correct?

Q2) The time of the infinitival clause is the past. Right?

Her second album became the first album by a woman that entered the Billboard charts at No.1.

Q3) Is the above paraphrase grammatically correct? Does it carry the same meaning?

Q4) If the answer is yes to Q3, what is the motivation for using the infinitival clause over the relative clause?

I'd appreciate your help.
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1-- Well, yes and no. I can make such a sentence without such a modifier: He was not a man to hedge his bets.
2-- An infinitival clause, like a participial one, by definition has no time: It became, is becoming, will become the first to enter the charts. Time is set elsewhere in the utterance.
3-- The meaning is the same but the structure rings a little oddly.
4-- It is the usual structure. The first to enter is the last to complain.
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jooneyHer second album became the first album by a woman that entered the Billboard charts at No.1.Q3) Is the above paraphrase grammatically correct? Does it carry the same meaning?
Your paraphrase makes it seem that the woman entered the charts. It's the album that entered the charts, so a better paraphrase might be

Her second album became the first album by a woman which ever entered the Billboard charts at No.1.

which cannot refer to woman, so the use of which instead of that blocks the incorrect referencing.

The paraphrase has approximately the same meaning, but it's nearly impossible to paraphrase the infinitive clause as a relative clause. It just sounds wrong (or at least lacking in something) as a relative clause.

CJ
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Thank you very much for your help, CJ.Emotion: smile

p.s. I made a late reply to your anwer in my last post on the past progressive this morning. I'd appreciate it if you could take a look.Emotion: smile