I got a question about the use of "found" and "found to be"

May I ask if there is any grammar mistake in the following statement?

During the test, the vulnerability was found fixed

Someone told me that it should be

during the test, the vulnerability was found to be fixed

Actually, the background of this case is that I performed a test on a software and check if its vulnerability is fixed or not.

  • the problem with the first alternative is that, if the vulnerability was fixed, it presumably cannot be found – Toothrot May 7 '19 at 10:17

Found+adjective is a form often used in expressions like "found guilty" or "found wanting" (probably because findings are the outcomes of inquiries, trials, inquests and audits). "Found fixed" is therefore a little bit odd.

In your example 'determined to have been fixed/corrected' is more idiomatic and also removes some ambiguity about "fixed" (which also means unvarying).

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As far as I'm aware of it's a legal thing to say. Very much like

The patient was found deceased

It doesn't sound great though. And just like in this question. I would actually prefer your suggestion. Or even:

Was found to have been fixed.

Since this indicates someone applied the fix.

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  • legal thing ??.... – Misti May 28 '15 at 20:13
  • May I ask what tense this sentence "Was found to have been fixed" applied? Is it simple past tense? – Rafael Wong May 29 '15 at 7:15
  • Sorry, one more question. What is the difference in meaning between "found to have been fixed" and "found to be fixed"? Thanks. – Rafael Wong May 29 '15 at 9:46
  • @RafaelWong found to have been fixed implies that someone fixed it. found to be fixed can also be true if it wasn't broken in the first place. – Barmar May 29 '15 at 15:41

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