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    Why #1 is acceptable, and #2 is not acceptable? Please explain for me.

    (1) We thought it our duty to take care of the orphans.
    (2) We thought it is our duty to take care of the orphans.

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    Re: think it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Why #1 is acceptable, and #2 is not acceptable? Please explain for meit to me.

    (1) We thought it our duty to take care of the orphans.
    (2) We thought it is our duty to take care of the orphans.
    We are dealing with a copular structure:

    (1) We thought it (to be) our duty.


    The omitted verb 'to be' lacks tense. The verb in (2) has tense:


    (2) We thought it is our duty.



    There's another possibility, one with tense:


    (3) We thought + CLAUSE
    We though it was our duty.

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    Re: think it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Why #1 is acceptable, and #2 is not acceptable? Please explain for me.

    (1) We thought it our duty to take care of the orphans.
    (2) We thought it is our duty to take care of the orphans.
    A possibility:
    We thought: "It is our duty to take care of the orphans."

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