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    Pretending to be happy and normal VS Pretending to happy and normal?

    The original sentences are as follow:
    "...and telling the social workers that he was fine, and pretending to be happy and normal."

    1. Can I omit "be"? Like and pretending to happy and normal.

    2. If it can't , the reason is...?

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    Re: Pretending to be happy and normal VS Pretending to happy and normal?

    I am not a teacher.

    No, you can't.

    'Pretending to…' should be followed by a verb.

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    Re: Pretending to be happy and normal VS Pretending to happy and normal?

    The linking verb 'be' between 'to' and adjectives cannot be omitted .

    Not a teacher.

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