He found this couch comfortable.

Ume

Banned
Japanese
Hello.

1) He found that this couch was comfortable.
2) He found this couch to be comfortable.
3) He found this couch comfortable.
These are all grammatical, aren't they? Do you see any difference?
 
  • Umeboshi said:
    Hello.

    1) He found that this couch was comfortable.
    2) He found this couch to be comfortable.
    3) He found this couch comfortable.
    These are all grammatical, aren't they? Do you see any difference?
    Hi Umeboshi,

    I have to imagine a person in a furniture store, choosing a new couch.

    In which case all three sentences have the same meaning. Grammatically I have heard all three correctly used.

    Let's change it to shoes.

    He found that these shoes were comfortable.
    He found these shoes to be comfortable.
    He found these shoes comfortable.

    Sounds OK to me.


    LRV
     

    moonfullofstars

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    English; Australia
    Yes, I'd agree that they're all grammatical. I can't see any difference between 1) and 3) except that 3) might be a bit more common in everyday speech since it's shortest :) I would say that 2) sounds a bit more formal and you would be less likely to hear people say it that way (in Australia, anyway). It might be preferable in formal writing though. Well, that's just my opinion. They're certainly all very similar.
     
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