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Hi all,

I have a grammatical question. Here are the sentences:
Someone was thought of as being abnormal and sometimes even a disease.
Someone was thought of as abnormal and sometimes even a disease.
Which one is correct? Should I use "being" in this sentence? Why or why not?
Thanks for your kindly help!

YL
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Hi,

I have a grammatical question. Here are the sentences:

Someone was thought of as being abnormal and sometimes even a disease.

Someone was thought of as abnormal and sometimes even a disease.

Which one is correct? Should I use "being" in this sentence? Why or why not?

Both are OK, but with different meanings.

He was abnormal. Suggests that it was his normal state.

He was being abnormal. Suggests that his actions were abnormal at that time, but not so much that it was his normal state.

I'm not sure what it means to say 'Someone was thought of as a disease'.

'Abnormal' is an adjective. 'Disease' is a noun. Because of this difference, I'd repeat the 'as'.

If you want to use 'being', I'd also repeat that. The idea is to make the 'as' phrases parallel.

eg Someone was thought of as being abnormal and sometimes even as being a disease.

eg Someone was thought of as abnormal and sometimes even as a disease.

Clive
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Thank you, Clive.

Ha, it's not a complete sentence since I forget the whole sentence.
It may be like this: Left-hander was thought of as being abnormal and sometimes even a disease.
Sorry, I'm not sure whether it's the original sentence. : P

Thank you so much for your help, Clive.
Hi,

Left-handed people were thought of as abnormal and sometimes even as the victims of a disease.

Clive