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.

proper grammar correct can said asked Oct 31 '12 at 18:45 Minsoo New member

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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

Had to throw in the Giants, didn't you?

Lewis NeidhardtOct 31 '12 at 19:32

Yeah, I am watching the parade on TV. Over a million people lined Market Street and filled Civic Center Plaza.

Jeff PribylOct 31 '12 at 21:51

I rooted for them. Damn the Dodgers anyway.

TolleyOct 31 '12 at 22:52

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