Which one is correct between the two sentences? What to do? or what is to be done? To my thinking, both sentences seem to be correct.

  • What is to be done is the title of a pamphlet by V Lenin so clearly is used.
    – mdewey
    Feb 1, 2021 at 17:17

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Depending on the situation, "what to do?" doesn't seem quite natural in conversations. Usually there's a subject in the sentence, for example: "what should we do?" and "what can we do?"

"What is to be done?" is grammatically correct, but it sounds too formal (or not used in casual conversations).

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