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    in order to seen impressive

    Should "in order to seen impressive" be "in order to being seen impressive"?

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    name-,dropping n.



    when someone mentions the name of a famous person they have met or have some connection with, in order to seen impressive to other people used humorously or to show disapproval.


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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    In order to be seen (as/to be) impressive.
    You cannot have a verb in the perfect tense after "to".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    This should be either:

    A. in order to seem impressive

    B. in order to be seen as impressive

    I prefer A.

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    This one clearly says "seem" instead of "seen":
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/name-dropping

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    If you do have a different Longman dictionary with to seen, it's a mistake.

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    The mistake possibly lies in the OPs/he misread it.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You cannot have a verb in the perfect tense after "to".
    The perfect infinitive, i.e. 'to have done', can be used in a suitable context.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    To seen is a past participle after the infinitive marker- it has no grammatical support in this context. To have seen would work as a perfect infinitive in many contexts.

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The mistake possibly lies in the OP—s/he misread it.


    The perfect infinitive, i.e. 'to have done', can be used in a suitable context.
    NO. I accurately read what is there. It is a version with Chinese Translation. Now I recopy and paste it as is here with its Chinese Translation:

    'name-,dropping n. [U ]英
    MEANINGS 义项


    when someone mentions the name of a famous person they have met or have some connection with, in order to seen impressive to other people — used humorously or to show disapproval


    拽人名〔提到见过或认识的名人以抬高自己的身价,幽默用法或含贬义〕

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    Re: in order to seen impressive

    In that case, it's an error. It should be either "in order to be seen to be impressive" or "in order to be seen as impressive". It would actually be far more natural to say that they mention the famous person's name "in order to impress other people".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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