Learn English – Which way is correct “The item that is to be found” or “The item to be found”


I'm trying to say that the item will be found in the near future, but has not been found yet. Which way of saying is correct in this context?

Best Answer

Neither option says anything to suggest that it "will be found in the near future", nor even that it will ever be found. Both phrases are merely referring to the lost item itself and have nothing to do with whether it might ever be found.

Having said that, both phrases are apparently correct English — but that may depend on the rest of the sentence.

You can alternatively, for example, use either of the following:

the lost item
the missing item