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onsen
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 11:03:00 AM
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Hello,

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the place to be
1. A hip, popular spot, such as a club, restaurant, or neighborhood.
Come out to this new club with us, it’s the place to be!
I remember when half the houses on this street were in disrepair—now, it’s the place to be.

2. An ideal place for something in particular.
My deck is the place to be if you want gorgeous sunset views of the ocean.

the place to be


Why does the phrase 'the place to be' mean the definitions 1 and 2?
Is anything being omitted after the infinitive 'to be'?


Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 11:20:37 AM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

the place to be
1. A hip, popular spot, such as a club, restaurant, or neighborhood.
Come out to this new club with us, it’s the place to be!
I remember when half the houses on this street were in disrepair—now, it’s the place to be.

2. An ideal place for something in particular.
My deck is the place to be if you want gorgeous sunset views of the ocean.

the place to be


Why does the phrase 'the place to be' mean the definitions 1 and 2?
You can see the meaning by the description. The "place to be" is a place for something entertaining, exciting, interesting, or pleasurable in some way.

Is anything being omitted after the infinitive 'to be'?
Yes. The specific words for why this is the place to be. But it's usually understood by the speaker and the listener that it is a special place. The second one about the deck does tell you why the deck is the place to be and you can think of this as an example of how to use it.

Whatever is good, or pleasurable, and may be something desirable, then wherever you can obtain those things - "that is the place to be". It's an idiom for a place of good things or experiences.



Thank you.

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