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    A confusing wording.

    Hi!

    There is a paragraph in The Times' article by James Ducker:

    "Some players who had significant roles to play under Hughes were thought to have been reduced to the fringes on Monday as the former Inter Milan coach worked on specific systems, raising concerns that he might have preconceived ideas about how and who he wanted to play."

    And I'm confused with the wording: "might have preconceived ideas".

    Is 'preconceived' an adjective creating noun phrase of "preconceived ideas" or a part of a perfect infinitive "to have preconceived"?

    I'd be grateful for any reply to my question.

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    Re: A confusing wording.

    I'd rather say this word is an adjective, since you can replace it by another adjective, for example: he might have premature ideas .....


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    Re: A confusing wording.

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    I'd rather say this word is an adjective, since you can replace it by another adjective, for example: he might have premature ideas .....
    The "might have preconceived ideas" could be understood as some action of preconceiving ideas (in advance) and not of having preconceived ideas.

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    Re: A confusing wording.

    Quote Originally Posted by omasta View Post
    Hi!

    There is a paragraph in The Times' article by James Ducker:

    "Some players who had significant roles to play under Hughes were thought to have been reduced to the fringes on Monday as the former Inter Milan coach worked on specific systems, raising concerns that he might have preconceived ideas about how and who he wanted to play."

    And I'm confused with the wording: "might have preconceived ideas".

    Is 'preconceived' an adjective creating noun phrase of "preconceived ideas" or a part of a perfect infinitive "to have preconceived"?

    I'd be grateful for any reply to my question.
    We seldom if ever use preconceived in the present perfect. In other words, we may say "I have already decided what to do" but not "I have already preconceived what to do."

    Preconceived is most certainly an adjective, often modifying "ideas" or "notions." Here it means that he came to work already with a set, already worked-out idea of what he was going to do.

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