1. Harvey Larva
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    Prove or proved to be

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Harvey Larva, Mar 30, 2013.

    I know that my math teacher can "prove" a theorem. For me to learn from her, though, must she "prove" an asset to me or "prove to be" an asset to me?

    In the first example, I know "theorem" is an object to the transitive verb "prove". In the 2nd and 3rd examples, what is "prove" and what is "asset"?

    A nice explanation from some knowledgeable grammarians with examples of other verbs that cause this confusion would be most instructive.
     
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    'proved to be' would be correct, but the technicalities are a little beyond me, I'm afraid!
     
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    yes... 'to be' is needed for clarity...
     

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