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I think both sentences are ok but my teacher said I could only use the latter? I have also asked some friends yet they gave different opinions, so I'm not sure which one is proper. please help.

  • I think both are fine. Ask her for the reasons she thinks the first one is wrong. – Hot Licks Apr 22 at 14:29
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    'To-be deletion' is actually covered on ELL! 'I knew that consider allows 'to be deletion'. Everybody considers him to be the best person for the job. This sentence can be written in the following way: Everybody considers him the best person for the job.' ... [@Nazmul Hassan] Admittedly, the sentence structure is not identical. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 22 at 14:51
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    Unless the sentence is talking about Khertek Anchimaa-Toka, it does not really matter which variant is correct grammatically, because then neither is correct factually. – RegDwigнt Apr 22 at 18:21
  • First ever is first., the “ever” that complicates the tense. – ben rudgers Apr 22 at 19:12
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The construction "ever to be elected as" (compared to "ever elected as") is used less frequently but both are correct and used often enough (ngram).

It is interesting to notice that "elected president" is much more frequent than "elected as president" (ngram).

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