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    "I think you ugly" Question!

    Hi I am new, but I have a question.

    A teacher wrote on the board the sentence "I think you ugly." and says it's gramatically correct.

    Is it really correct? It sounds so wrong, but he insists it is.

    If it's right or wrong, can I get an explanation as to why? Thank you!


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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

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    Yes, that is a possible way to use think. It's similar to the structure of the following sentences:
    I find her beautiful.
    I consider my teacher clever.
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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    It's correct, but not usual to use "think" that way.

    Using "find" and "consider" for sentences like that is much more common. The example your teacher gave sounds archaic to me. Although you might hear that sort of thing in a Three Musketeers movie:

    "I think you rude, sir! We will duel tomorrow!"


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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi
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    Yes, that is a possible way to use think. It's similar to the structure of the following sentences:
    I find her beautiful.
    I consider my teacher clever.
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    It is possible, but I think it's fair to say that this form (with 'think') is becoming archaic in practice. By the way, it's worth pointing out that the underlying structure is "I think you (to be) ugly".


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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by BboySeoul View Post
    Hi I am new, but I have a question.

    A teacher wrote on the board the sentence "I think you ugly." and says it's gramatically correct.

    Is it really correct? It sounds so wrong, but he insists it is.

    If it's right or wrong, can I get an explanation as to why? Thank you!
    It may be gramatically correct from a technical perspective; however, a person that used that phrase while speaking would be viewed as poorly educated - "I think you are ugly" - is much more commonly used and also sounds much better.

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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by BboySeoul View Post
    Hi I am new, but I have a question.

    A teacher wrote on the board the sentence "I think you ugly." and says it's gramatically correct.

    Is it really correct? It sounds so wrong, but he insists it is.

    If it's right or wrong, can I get an explanation as to why? Thank you!
    I think you're teacher was trying to shock you by showing you something that looks wrong but could be used. I have met a number of ESL teachers on forums who are fond of using obscure points of language to impress their students. I do not favor that approach to language education.

    I doubt you will ever hear "I think you ugly" used by NES.


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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    Thanks for the help!

    Do you think it would even be correct to use a sentence like this in today's world though? I mean, it's technically correct, but since you won't find it anywhere except movies and books set in an old age, is it really correct to use it nowadays, let alone teach it?

    I tried to tell my friend that even if it's grammatically correct, it's still wrong in the sense that it's not used anymore, and people will even think you're stupid if you try to use a sentence like this. It shouldn't really be taught is what I think.

    Thanks for your help everyone!

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    Re: "I think you ugly" Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by BboySeoul View Post
    Thanks for the help!

    Do you think it would even be correct to use a sentence like this in today's world though? I mean, it's technically correct, but since you won't find it anywhere except movies and books set in an old age, is it really correct to use it nowadays, let alone teach it?

    I tried to tell my friend that even if it's grammatically correct, it's still wrong in the sense that it's not used anymore, and people will even think you're stupid if you try to use a sentence like this. It shouldn't really be taught is what I think.

    Thanks for your help everyone!
    I don't think you'll find that sentence anywhere.

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