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Is this sentence from a movie grammatical?

I thought you overqualified.

The construction "think someone adj." strikes me as odd. Explanations/examples?

  • @user3169 [corrected version of previously posted comment] It is in no way informal. It is rather more formal than the usual "thought (that) noun was adjective." – tenebris2020 Feb 26 '18 at 11:22
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It is indeed an accepted construction. It sounds a little more eloquent that the regular "thought that you/she/they was/were + adj.", so it will often be used in fine literature (or when the speaker is trying to emulate this "higher" style).

Examples of usage:

— Do you think the earl really thought him suitable for someone's husband? (source)

— Because of the way Robert spoke and carried himself, Matthew thought him educated. (source)

— He was a decent, hardworking man and she thought him well-adjusted. (source)

It is similar to the construction where the verb is "to find". The following phrases will probably sound more familiar to you:

to find somebody attractive/arrogant/ugly/well-mannered, etc., etc.

So it is used to express a certain opinion about a person.

  • It is indeed from a more literary context--a film adaptation of Jane Austin's Emma. – Eddie Kal Feb 26 '18 at 19:25

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