Can somebody please tell me if it is OK to use the phrase "to be" twice in a sentence?

My card to be used is to be canceled.

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    It doesn't make any sense. If it is to be cancelled, how can it be 'a card to be used'? Apr 29, 2022 at 7:04
  • Oh OK. What if there are two reference points in the future? "My card to be used this week is to be canceled next week. "
    – user154167
    Apr 29, 2022 at 10:38
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    Repeating 'to be' like that may be considered not elegant. Perhaps 'My card which is to be used this week will be cancelled next week (or is not valid next week).' Apr 29, 2022 at 10:47

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No you cannot, it simply does not make sense!

It should be

the card that I am going to use is to be cancelled

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    That's a little puzzling too. Consider 'the train I am going to use is to be cancelled'. If it is to be cancelled, how can you be 'going to use' it? Apr 29, 2022 at 7:54
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    @MichaelHarvey In this context it means that you are going to use it, but you have just been informed that it is going to be cancelled
    – DialFrost
    Apr 29, 2022 at 8:11
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    The point I am making is that we use the future continuous tense, e.g. 'I am going to use...' about an action which we, at the time of speaking or writing, fully expect to carry out. We cannot then immediately (in the same time frame) cancel that. Consider 'the man I am going to have lunch with is dead', 'the bus I am going to use is [to be] cancelled'. If the planned or foreseen action or event is, now, not to take place, we would use a past tense, e.g. 'the man I was going to have lunch with'. Apr 29, 2022 at 8:31

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