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Is the following a valid sentence?

I think it helpful to mention the caveats in the document.

If so, how is the meaning different from this:

I think it's helpful to mention the caveats in the document.

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  • I am not sure the phrase "I think it helpful" is actually grammatical correct, not in the uk anyway
    – WendyG
    May 18, 2022 at 9:03
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    This is somewhat addressed by Omitting "is", like in "I think it strange"
    – Laurel
    May 18, 2022 at 12:16
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    Does this answer your question? Use of the verb 'think' with an indirect object and direct object {sic} This deals with the first type of sentence, which needs explanation. But 'I think [that] it's helpful to mention the caveats in the document' or in general 'I think/believe/said/commented ... [that] {independent clause}' is a well known format. May 18, 2022 at 12:25
  • Try it with other verbs and you'll see more patterns: consider, believe, am convinced, am sure, determine, assess, doubt, ... Jun 12, 2023 at 17:58
  • @Laurel, why do you think that this is only 'somewhat addressed by' the other question, rather than this being a clear duplicate of it?
    – jsw29
    Jul 12, 2023 at 22:15

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I think it helpful to mention the caveats in the document.

This is the same construction as “I shot him dead” or “She arrived drunk”.

Helpful is a depictive. Helpful is a free modifier that modifies the main clause.

I think [that] it's helpful to mention the caveats in the document.

[that] it's helpful to mention the caveats in the document is a content clause (A type of noun clause that describes the contents of the verb – here, what the thought was.)

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In my opinion both statements have almost same meaning. "think it helpful" or "think someone/something helpful" means to find something/someone helpful for some purpose or for some any work/task.

And "think it's helpful" is simply a statement that says that something or someone is helpful for someone or something.

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