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Unnecessary "of" ?

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Unnecessary "of" ?

Postby pdh0224 » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Dear teacher,

He continued, "They are thought of as a subtle form of deception - both unethical and potentially creating a small risk of a malpractice suit."

Q : Why is "of" used in the sentence? I think it is unnecessary

because just using "thought" makes sense in the sentence.

What do you think?

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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 01, 2004 4:27 am

'Of' is needed here, since this represents the active construction 'think Of smth. as...'.
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