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1. Indeed, let us assume that whenever you touched fire, you always felt it to be hot...


2. The sun was streaming through the window behind him; he felt it hot on his shoulders, spreading a warmth that his muscles yielded to in spite of himself.


3. It was a long trip in the snow, but the men felt it to be necessary so they didn't mind making it.


I came across 1,2,3 in English books on Google, but I'm curious whether "felt it to be hot", "felt it hot", "felt it to be necessary" are correct English.


I seem to have learnt that they're wrong, but I'm not really sure.

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Those are OK. In (3), "felt it necessary" would be more usual I think, but "felt it to be necessary" is not incorrect.

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Those are OK. In (3), "felt it necessary" would be more usual I think, but "felt it to be necessary" is not incorrect.

Then what about the sentences below?

A. I felt the bed cold when I had tried to lie on it.

B. I felt her hand hot when I touched her.

C. She felt the bed cold when she had tried to lie on it.

Are A, B, C correct English?

fire1Then what about the sentences below?
A. I felt the bed cold when I had tried to lie on it.
B. I felt her hand hot when I touched her.

The tense combination of (A) is awkward. One can say:

I felt the bed cold when I tried to lie on it.

(B) is OK.

"To feel something to be adjective" is used figuratively only. You didn't feel fire to be hot. It felt hot.

"To feel something adjective" in the sense in sentence 2 is highly literary and unlikely in speech.

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