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    The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Which one do you prefer?

    The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.
    The defendant was declared guilty of burglary and sent to prison.
    The defendant was pronounced guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

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    #2

    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    I prefer the first.

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    #3

    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Why not 2 and 3?

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    You asked for a preference. I gave you mine.

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Got it. Did you find something wrong with the last two ones as well?

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    No, they are both possible. In my experience, the first is most common.

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    In the American court system a jury "finds" you guilty or not guilty. The judge doesn't arbitrarily "declare" you guilty.

    "You have been found guilty by a jury of your peers" is how it goes.

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Not all trials are jury trials. Judges can "pronounce" and "declare".

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Even in a judge trial, he or she "finds."

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    Re: The defendant was found guilty of burglary and sent to prison.

    Yes, but the others are also possible.

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