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VERBS, MOODS OF:-- Infinitive active where we use passive

Infinitive active is often found where we use the passive, as in

“Yet, if men moved him, was he such a storm
As oft 'twixt May and April is to see.

This is especially common in "what's to do" (T. N. iii. 3. 18; &c.) for "what's to be done." See Ellipses, 405, and compare

“Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust.

i.e. "not to be trusted."

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