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Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 0

Be to + infinitive is commonly used in news reports to talk about events that are likely to happen in the near future.

e.g.: Police officers are to visit every home in the area.

It is used to talk about formal or official arrangements, formal instructions, and to give orders.

e.g.: You are not to leave the school without my permission.

Notice that we only use be to + infinitive to talk about future events that can be controlled by people.

e.g.: In the next few years, thousands of speed cameras are to appear on major roads.

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