The difference between some sentences with adjective+noun+to do smt/for

I was told that

We are looking for an eager person to work for our company

is not the same as

We are looking for a person who is eager to work for our company

, but the same as

“We are looking for a person to work for our company, who is eager.”

So it means that “An eager person to do smt” is not the same as “A person eager to do smt


If this logic is correct,

Does “the hardest book for me” mean “the book for me which is the hardest” ?


does “the most difficult book for me to read” mean “the book for me to read, which is the most difficult” ?

I believe that there is definitely a problem here.

In my opinion;

The hardest book for me to read is Inferno. = The book which is the hardest for me to read is Inferno.

You are the most amazing friend to hang out with.” = “You are the friend who is the most amazing to hang out with.

There is something wrong because what I was told is not working properly.


The bit you are missing is that eager can take a complement (introduced by for, or a to-infinitive clause), and when it does it has a different meaning from eager without a complement.

Neither hard nor amazing has this property. You can say that something is hard for somebody, but that narrows its scope, it doesn’t change the basic meaning. (Structurally, this suggests that the for argument is an adjunct rather than a complement)

Source : Link , Question Author : Jawel7 , Answer Author : Colin Fine

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