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Why might the author have used "to be" instead of "is" in this sentence? [duplicate]

...thinking it to be in the green box when it is really in the yellow box. The to be does seem to suggest that the green box does not actually contain it. Is to be, as used in the quotation, a ...
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Russian speakers and "I feel myself to be ..."

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel myself ...
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"Expected of" vs. "expected from"

It is expected of/from you to find the solution. Such rude behavior was not expected of/from you. I am quite sure that from is the correct usage in both cases, but of could be used in the first ...
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"I believe it's valid" vs. "I believe it valid"

Over on another network site, a helpful user corrected the grammar of a post of mine. The answer now says I believe it's valid. where I originally wrote I believe it valid. Is the original ...
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Can "mustn't" be used for conclusions?

I heard this sentence in an American film a while ago as I was watching it on DVD (the part after but is verbatim): "I'm doing my best but I mustn't be doing it right." This is something I ...
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Usage of “to find (noun) (adj)”

I am a native speaker of German, and I often see the English verb find being used like its German cognate finden. For example: My students and I find your platform very useful and very appealing ...
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What type of grammar construction is this

She thinks herself able to best him in this argument. She thinks that she is able to best him in this argument. She thinks herself to be able to best him in this argument. Are the first and the ...
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He considers that X is Y. vs He thinks that X is Y

The following verb in sentence 1 strikes me as strange when it has the same meaning as in sentences 2 and 3 below. He considers that blue cheese is delicious. He thinks that blue cheese is delicious. ...
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Should "portray" be paired with "to be"?

Is it acceptable to pair "portray" with "to be"? As in The novel portrays life to be a... Would it be better to use as?
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verb +ed or to be + verb +ed

I don't quite know the explanation to this. When they arrived, they found the door locked from inside. When they arrived, they found the door was locked from inside Locked sounds better than was ...
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Under what circumstances can the word "be" be used directly without any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? 2 examples first: 1.It is announced that the accounting class of the 3rd and 4th hours on the morning of this Wednesday be cancelled ...
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'Should xxx to be' vs 'Should xxx'

When is it fine to drop to be when should precedes it? For example: It should prove to be successful. vs It should prove successful.
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Is "believe oneself to be" a fixed expression?

I came across this sentence in an article today. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. And it reads strange. Is "believe oneself to do/be ...