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    Default Re: Is 'find useful' elliptical?

    It is elliptical, but that's not the ellipsis. It's "find to be useful."

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    Default Re: Is 'find useful' elliptical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Mr. Ayed,

    There would be nothing wrong with the syntax, and a native English speaker might say that, but there is the problem of the unclear antecedent to "them", which in this case is not a reflexive pronoun but a pronoun acting as the object of a preposition.
    The hearer is left a little puzzled by the two possibilities for an antecedent -- "Manufacturers" and "consumers". Logic indicates the second, but it is not perfectly clear.

    Frank
    I hope I was not off the point..Thank you very much, Frank.

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    Default Re: Is 'find useful' elliptical?

    You were not off the point at all.

    I think it was a good question. In many ways "them" DOES seem reflexive.

    Frank

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