Who is the most famous fictional detective to have roamed the streets of London? Join Wendy as she learns about Sherlock Holmes.


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Hello, Team.
"Who is the most famous fictional detective to have roamed the street of London?"
What is the consideration you used a 'to' instead of 'who' or 'that' in the sentence above?
Could you please, explain?
Thank you.

Hello Nizam,

This is one particular construction that uses the infinitive, but you could certainly say something similar by using a relative pronoun such as 'who' or 'that'. Though in that case you'd have to use a verb form that agrees with the relative pronoun, e.g. 'who has roamed' or 'who roamed'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


Because they have got attractive fictions.
Sherlock Holmes.

I think so many people enjoy mystery novels and films because they wonder who was the murderer in the end of the story.

Thank you very much

Hi again teacher, I've forgotten to write this sentence "Holmes was famous for his use of forensic or scientific techniques to solve crimes". The verb "solve" after the preposition "to" doesn't end in "ing". That's really difficult....

Hi Sonia,

Yes, unlike in the sentence you asked about previously, here 'to' is part of the infinitive and is not a preposition. This can indeed be difficult, but noticing when 'to' is a preposition and when it is an infinitive is at least half the battle. You've noticed this on your own, so I'm sure you can do it!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team