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    People He Though To Be

    I have a question about this:

    1a. "The people he thought were missing showed up."
    1b. "The people he thought to be missing showed up."

    2a. "The people he guessed were missing showed up."
    2b. "The people he guessed to be missing showed up."

    Which ones are correct? The a-versions or b-versions?

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    Re: People He Though To Be

    1a and 2a are normal. You might occasionally hear 1b. 2b would be very uncommon.

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    Re: People He Though To Be

    I agree, but I prefer 1a.

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    Re: People He Though To Be

    1b would be grammatically correct if you remove "he" (although it changes the meaning).

    The people thought to be missing showed up.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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