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Hi!

Are the following four sentences gramatically correct?

(1) I think it is foolish for teenagers to want to have brand-name goods.

(2) I think it is foolish of teenagers to want to have brand-name goods.

(3) I think it foolish for teenagers to want to have brand-name goods.

(4) I think it is foolish that teenagers want to have brand-name goods.

Your advice will be appreciated.

Regards,
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They are all grammatically correct. I find the first the most typical for expressing that particular thought.

CJ
Califjim-san

Thank you very much for your reply.

Regards,
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I think "foolish of" is the most common.
"It is foolish of" scores 943 googles, and "it is foolish for" scores 25,200; while "it is foolish of * to" scores 13,300, and "it is foolish for * to" scores 37,200.

Inconsistent but interesting.

MrP
Excuse me ..

How did you get the scores, please? Is it a website to check the grammaticality of sentences or at least the degree of being accepted sentences? I'm really interested !
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Excuse me ..

How did you get the scores, please? Is it a website to check the grammaticality of sentences or at least the degree of being accepted sentences? I'm really interested !

Hello TS

No, I simply searched on the phrases in the Google search box, and looked at how many pages were returned (i.e. the total number of pages on websites searched by Google that contain that phrase).

Unfortunately the totals are often misleading, in Google: even the figures I gave are inconsistent with each other. So at best, it gives you only a rough idea of how common the phrases are.

MrP
MrPedantic...Unfortunately the totals are often misleading...
...More that, if we take into account that a finely spoken language is always a rarity...

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