I have the following statement:

I find it necessary for you to graduate from school.

Though, I can rephrase it:

I think it best for you to graduate from school.

I read about "for-to-infinitive clauses" and suppose my second sentence to be correct. Why should I write "...it best..." instead of "...it is best..."? It just boils down to the rule: I mean it's so because it's so.

  • Think, consider, etc can take a direct object, here "it", followed by an object complement in the form of a predicate adjective ( Don't you think him strange? Consider it done. ) or in the form of a nominal ("Do you think me a fool, Sir?" he asked indignantly. and I consider him a friend). Aug 15, 2017 at 11:56
  • Subordinate to-infinitival clauses with a subject require the subordinator "for". Both "I think (that) it is best" and the idiomatic "I think it best" are possible.
    – BillJ
    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:32

1 Answer 1


"I think that it is best that..."


"I think it best that..."

have exactly the same meaning.

They are both grammatically correct but saying "I think it best" is more efficient and widely accepted as the preferred option.


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