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    Prove Him To Have Leadership

    I have a question about the usage of the verb "prove". Suppose the context is a store:

    1. The latest sales figures proved the manager to be competent.
    2. The latest sales figures proved the manager to have leadership.
    Dictionaries say that the "prove somebody to be [adjective]" pattern is standard English, but are silent about the "prove somebody to [verb phrase]" pattern (like "proved him to have great courage" and "proved him to have great intelligence").

    So, is sentence 2 wrong?

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    Re: Prove Him To Have Leadership

    It's not colloquial.

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