1. I found him a thief.
2. I found that he was a thief.
3. I found a thief for him.
Is sentence 1 same in meaning with 2 ? or 3?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Avoid 'I believe him a thief'.
You could say 'I believe him to be a thief'.
1. I found him to be a thief.
2. I thought him to be a thief.
Do the both 1 and 2 sound OK?
3. I found him a thief.
4. I thought him a thief.
How about 3 and 4? They must be awkward to native speakers - ?
I think that the first two sentences are quite similar in their meanings while the third one is different. Please do correct if i am wrong.