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Said phrase is "He thought himself a simple man." I'm wondering if the sentence is grammatically correct, and if not, a better sentence.

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Related, if not a dup: I think him to be about 50 or I think he is about 50?. I assume OP here would have the same issues with, for example, "I thought him [to be] a simple man." –  FumbleFingers Mar 6 '13 at 3:18

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It's definitely correct. Alternatives would be "He thought he was a simple man," and "He thought that he was a simple man," but I actually like the original best. It sounds a little more sophisticated and removes the extra "he." I would go with the original.

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It is correct, but you may have trouble seeing it as correct because the meaning is unclear to you. In this sentence, "thought" is synonymous with "considered." Read it as, "He considered himself a simple man," and I think you'll easily see it's correct.

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Or even, "He considered himself to be a simple man." –  Jim Mar 6 '13 at 4:38
    
Or indeed "He considered himself as a simple man." I am suspicious of claims that any two constructions are exactly equivalent. –  TimLymington Mar 6 '13 at 10:13

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