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    believe/seem

    Hi,
    Richard was asked to withdraw from graduate school because
    a. they believed he was not really able to complete research
    b. he seemed to be incapable of completing his research

    Are "a" and "b" possible?
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    Re: believe/seem

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Richard was asked to withdraw from graduate school because
    a. they believed he was not really able to complete research
    b. he seemed to be incapable of completing his research

    Are "a" and "b" possible?
    Thanks.
    yes

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    Re: believe/seem

    Thank you, 2006.
    Is "to be" redundant in (2)?
    Thanks.

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    Re: believe/seem

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Thank you, 2006.
    Is "to be" redundant in (2)?
    Thanks.
    Yes, it can be omitted, but it also can be kept.


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    Re: believe/seem

    They believed he was not really able to complete his/the research.

    They believed he was not really able to undertake research.

    In the first sentence, 'to complete' implies that he has begun a research study, and so we are referring to a specific piece of 'research'.
    Last edited by David L.; 03-Jul-2008 at 06:05.

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    Re: believe/seem

    Thank you, David.

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    Re: believe/seem

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    They believed he was not really able to complete his/the research.

    They believed he was not really able to undertake research.

    In the first sentence, 'to complete' implies that he has begun a research study, and so we are referring to a specific piece of 'research'.
    I don't agree that he necessarily had begun his research. He just may have not done well helping someone else with their research, or he may have given the university other reason to believe that he was unlikely to successfully complete a research project. (= not really able to complete research)

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