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    believe my eyes that

    I could hardly believe my eyes that the leader of the procession was a policeman on a motorcycle.

    This sentence clearly means 'I could hardly believe my eyes and I could hardly believe that the leader of the procession was a policeman on a motorcycle'. But is the verb believe followed by a double objcect, or is the 'that-clause' the oppositive of 'eyes'? It seems that 'eyes' is not possible to be followed by a 'that-clause'.

    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 13-May-2012 at 07:49. Reason: one sentence added.

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    Re: believe my eyes that

    It is roughly equivalent to "I could hardly believe what I was seeing, namely that the leader ..." or
    "I could hardly believe what my eyes revealed, namely that the leader ..."

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    Re: believe my eyes that

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I could hardly believe my eyes that the leader of the procession was a policeman on a motorcycle.

    Many thanks in advance.
    I wouldn't say it's wrong but it sounds a little unnatural to me like that. I would have used:

    - I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that the leader of the procession was ...
    - I could hardly believe my eyes - the leader of the procession was ...

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