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    #1

    considered neighbours, the

    Hello,

    Right Word, Wrong Word (page 41)

    - Considered as neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.

    Can I omit 'as' or put 'to be' in the above sentence?

    - Considered neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.
    - Considered to be neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.

    Thanks.

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    Re: considered neighbours, the

    Yes, but the meaning changes.

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    Re: considered neighbours, the

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Yes, but the meaning changes.
    I cannot understand how the third one (considered to be) is different from the original one.

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    Re: considered neighbours, the

    Nor can I.

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    Re: considered neighbours, the

    In "considered (to be) neighbors" there is some question about whether they actually are neighbors or not. You are establishing that, although it may not be apparent, they are indeed neighbors.

    In "considered as neighbors" the fact that they are neighbors is taken as given. You are considering the aspects of how well they suit your needs for what a "neighbor" should be. The Clarks might be good as doctors, or scuba divers. Even as best friends. But as neighbors, they suck.

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    #6

    Re: considered neighbours, the


    - Considered as neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.

    This one can mean the same as the two below, but it can also mean The Clarksons are reasonable enough if we think of them as neighbours.


    - Considered neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.
    - Considered to be neighbours, the Clarks are reasonable enough.

    These two mean that we do consider them as neighbours. and that we find them reasnable enough.


    The second and third seem unlikely to me. They are either neighbours or they aren't. In the first, we are thinking about them only in their role as neighbours.
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