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    Dear teachers:
    Can we say "He proves awake." or "He proves to be awake"?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Can we say "He proves awake." or "He proves to be awake"?

    The first one is wrong and the second one is rarely used, but it is grammatically correct. I think "He seems to be awake" or "He appears to be awake" are better choices.

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    Default Re: prove (to be)

    Another question:
    I learn something from Cambridge Advanced Grammar in Use:
    appear, seem
    After appear (= seems true) and seem we sometimes use to be before an adjective:
    • He seems/appears (to be) very nervous.
    We include to be before the adjectives alive, alone, asleep, and awake:
    • I didn't go in because she appeared to be asleep, (not ...appeared asleep.)
    While I find some sentences like the following in A Comprehensive Grammar Of The English Language:
    The patient seemed asleep.
    Which one is correct?
    And why?
    Could you native teachers explain it to me?
    Last edited by norwolf; 15-Dec-2008 at 17:50.

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