Proper usage of "Can be said to be"
When is the proper time, if any, to use the phrase "Can be said to be"?
My wife and I had an arguement whether or not it was grammatically correct, or if it was even proper english.
This is the context upon which I attempted to use the phrase:
"If many people have positive judgments about me, I can be said to be surrounded by friends"
Help is appreciated.
There is nothing grammatically wrong with "can be said to be." However, it is styllistically wordy and represents passive "waffling" by the speaker/writer. There are many more concise and direct ways of saying the same thing. For instance:
The Giants can said to be World Series Champions --> The Giants are World Series Champions.
The sun can be said to rise in the East --> Some say the sun rises in the East.
I hope this helps.
|link||answered Oct 31 '12 at 18:55 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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