He was exposed as lacking in intelligence.

I'm writing this sentence but I feel there is something amiss with the grammar, but I can't tell exactly why or where. Something to do with "as" I suspect.

Any help would be appreciated thank you.

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    I don't see a problem with it.
    – Colin Fine
    May 24 at 17:51
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    As is a bit problematic, like most small words. Normally it can be thought to be a bastard form of be, and indeed normally you can substitute some other form of be, -- exposed to be lacking, exposed as being lacking, etc. But some constructions require it, and it can appear in equative constructions like as pretty as a picture with no meaning except equative. May 24 at 19:04
  • I think it's fine. Lacking in intelligence is a gerund phrase here, and it functions like a noun does. You can swap in another noun phrase to test: He was exposed as an idiot. May 25 at 2:03

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The sentence is correct as far as I can see. Depending on the context, we could come up with less ambiguous sentences that share the same meaning.

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