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    #1

    can a person be ruled spmeone

    I just read the following sentence in an online gazette "The death of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine of Monument has been ruled a homicide, and his father is a person of interest in the case." Can I use the verb "to rule" as in " A person has been ruled a nonvoter."?

    P.S. Sorry for the typo in the neadline.

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    Re: can a person be ruled spmeone

    "Ruled a nonvoter" doesn't make much sense. Either the person voted or didn't vote.

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    Re: can a person be ruled spmeone

    The death was ruled a homicide. Not the person.

    A person could be ruled ineligible to vote.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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