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    I have a question about the following sentence:
    I trust you found both products and services to be satisfactory.

    The book I have says that the word “found” in the above sentence can be replaced by “regarded,” not by “learned.”
    I think the opposite.
    Could you please explain to me why the answer provided by the book is correct?
    Thank you.



    Thanks a lot, everyone for your reply.
    I understand the original sentence, but I am not sure whether or not the two sentences with “regarded” and “learned” will be correct.
    I think that the two new sentences may be ungrammatical because I have never seen or heard the following types:

    • We regarded him to be honest.
    • We learned him to be honest.
    Last edited by NMO3B; 10-May-2017 at 14:27. Reason: To thank everyone for their reply

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    Re: regarded or learned

    Here, regarded means "to find" as in holding a view or opinion. It is about a judgment, not a matter of fact. For "learned" to be appropriate, we would need the argument to be factual, such as "I am sure that by now you have learned from your readings that the octopus has three hearts."

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    #3

    Re: regarded or learned

    I can't tell you why the answer provided by the book is correct, because I don't agree with it.

    One question I have been asked at times is: "Did you find what you were looking for?"

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    #4

    Re: regarded or learned

    It sounds odd to me with regarded.

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    Re: regarded or learned

    Quote Originally Posted by NMO3B View Post
    I trust you found both products and services to be satisfactory.

    The book I have says that the word “found” in the above sentence can be replaced by “regarded,” not by “learned.”
    Both of these sound very unnatural to me:

    I trust you regarded both products and services to be satisfactory.
    I trust you learned both products and services to be satisfactory.

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    #6

    Re: regarded or learned

    Regarded...as would work better for me, though it is changing the meaning IMO.

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    #7

    Re: regarded or learned

    I don't think you can replace "found" with another single word/verb in the original context.

    I trust you found our products and services satisfactory = I hope that your experience with our products and services was satisfactory.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: regarded or learned

    If I had my way it would be impossible to edit the original post after there have been replies to it.

    If you want to thank people for their replies you can click on the "Thank" buttons for that.

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    Re: regarded or learned

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    If one agrees that 'regarded' is at least acceptable
    I don't. This is not natural: I trust you regarded both products and services to be satisfactory.

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    #10

    Re: regarded or learned

    It doesn't sound natural to my BrE ear either.

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