Can we say, "Very rich, are his parents said to be"?
- oldprofLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
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".
- Anonymous2 months ago
Better (in my selfish opinion) if you ask:
Are his parents said to be quite rich?
Are his parents supposed to be quite rich?
- bluebellbkkLv 72 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.
- william ellisLv 72 months ago
It is OK but can move the "Are" to after parents...but not necessary........
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- sarahLv 72 months ago
His parents are very rich.
- yet-knish!Lv 72 months ago
If we're Yoda. Otherwise I wouldn't.
- 2 months ago
it should be "his parents were said to be very rich"
- ClaireLv 72 months ago
Ungrammatical, this is.
- skeptikLv 72 months ago
Well, if you want to sound like Yoda ...