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    What's the difference in the meanings the following sentences:
    She claims that her dog is the best
    She claims her dog to be the best
    Aren't both correct? I know the first one is very clear and it does sound perfect to the ears but is the second one totally wrong? Does the second one not mean the same as the first sentence? If yes, what does it mean then?

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divineacclivity View Post
    What's the difference in the meanings the following sentences:
    She claims that her dog is the best
    She claims her dog to be the best
    Aren't both correct? I know the first one is very clear and it does sound perfect to the ears but is the second one totally wrong? Does the second one not mean the same as the first sentence? If yes, what does it mean then?

    thanks.
    Although the constructions know smb./smth. to be ... and believe smb./smth. to be... are standard - if somewhat formal - constructions, some users would not accept ?claim smb/smth. to be.

    Of the two sentences that you cite, only the first would be considered correct by all speakers of English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divineacclivity View Post
    What's the difference in the meanings the following sentences:
    She claims that her dog is the best
    She claims her dog to be the best
    Neither is a sentence. End every sentence with the relevant punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Although the constructions know smb./smth. to be ... and believe smb./smth. to be... are standard - if somewhat formal - constructions, some users would not accept ?claim smb/smth. to be.

    Of the two sentences that you cite, only the first would be considered correct by all speakers of English.
    ok, "claims to be" is not a good idiom. "claims that.." is a error free always. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER



    Neither is a sentence. End every sentence with the relevant punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).
    Ah, yes the full stops are missing. I kinda was worried about the "claims to be" "claims that" thingy. thanks anyway.

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    Capitalize the first letter of a sentence. And in your case, ok should be written as OK. Just some advice of mine. Don't bother.
    Last edited by crazYgeeK; 02-Oct-2012 at 08:13. Reason: Change the typo 'writen' to 'written'

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    Quote Originally Posted by divineacclivity View Post
    Ah, yes the full stops are missing. I kinda was worried about the "claims to be" "claims that" thingy. thanks anyway.
    Please don't use non-standard English such as "kinda".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please don't use non-standard English such as "kinda".
    OK, I will take care. Thanks for correcting me.

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