Answered By: Writing Center 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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