Proper usage of "Can be said to be"

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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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