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  1. Here are the ideas I thought are worth spreading.
  2. Here are the ideas I thought worth spreading.

Which one is correct?

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I don't see any reason for downvoting this question unless it's been asked before. –  user21497 Sep 27 '12 at 3:25
    
Upvote because it's a reasonable question. –  Gnubie Sep 27 '12 at 18:13
    
Should be "I thought were worth spreading" (past tense), or "I think are worth spreading" (present), IMO. –  Dave Newton Sep 27 '12 at 19:08
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  • #2 Seems better to me because the verb are is unnecessary, so #1 is just a bit clunky.

Below, I put (that) in parentheses because so many native speakers believe that it's almost always optional. I like to use it because it makes the sentence clearer in most cases. Just a style choice.

  • #1 would be better as #2 or as Here are the ideas (that) I thought were worth spreading.

I put are into the past tense -- were -- because thought is in the past tense. Another style choice. It's more consistent to me, but others will disagree. They're both grammatically correct and fine in context. Thought can be changed to think without changing the meaning of the sentence.

  • Here are the ideas (that) I think are worth spreading.

This seems best to me because there's no ambiguity about whether I still think they are worth spreading. Using thought suggests that I thought this before but may not think it now. Using were suggests that it may be too late to spread these ideas now, or that I'm talking about "ancient" history (iPad 1, OS2, the French Revolution, etc.).

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Upvote because it's a good answer. Why was it even downvoted? –  Gnubie Sep 27 '12 at 18:13
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