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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Can we say, "Very rich, are his parents said to be"?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Sure you can, but that would not be good English. You have the thoughts and grammar in reverse of normal English.

    It would normally be: His parents are said to be very rich.

    And a more common form would be: They say his parents are very rich.

    The active verb "say" is typically preferred over the passive "are said".

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Better (in my selfish opinion) if you ask: 

    Are his parents said to be quite rich?

    OR

    Are his parents supposed to be quite rich?

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  • 2 months ago

    The simple inversion itself is not wrong; it's quite common when we want to produce a certain emphatic effect.

    It would be reasonably normal to say, "Very rich, his parents, or so I hear'.

    But 'are said to be' is clumsy and unnatural.

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  • 2 months ago

    It is OK but can move the "Are" to after parents...but not necessary........

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  • sarah
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    His parents are very rich.

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  • 2 months ago

    If we're Yoda. Otherwise I wouldn't.

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  • 2 months ago

    it should be "his parents were said to be very rich"

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  • Claire
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Ungrammatical, this is. 

    • M.
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Ungrammatical is this!

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  • 2 months ago

    Well, if you want to sound like Yoda ...

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