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    "to be"

    Hi all.

    In the first sentence it is possible to omit "to be" - but it can be there, it is up to me.

    However, in the second sentence it would be a mistake to use "to be" right after "feel". Why is it that? What is the rule? If there is any.....Thanks for helping.


    1) A mortgage seems (to be) a costly way to....
    2)
    I feel to be lucky......

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    Re: "to be"

    The verb 'seem' is one which can be followed by an infinitive.

    The verb 'feel' usually isn't followed by an infinitive. It is possible to follow it with a bare infinitive, if the infinitive is preceded by an object. However, since that construction is used to express a completed action, 'be' doesn't work very well.
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    Re: "to be"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post





    2)
    I feel to be lucky......

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    "I feel myself to be (very) lucky."

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