It was in this video. It is at 8 minute and 13 second. Here it goes:

But could we consider the combination of all these unnoticed factors to be compromising Jerry's free will.

Would not it be grammatical to say "...the combination of all these factors is compromising Jerry's free will"? And How is called this grammar structure?

  • It's grammatical either way. "Could we consider that X is Y?" vs. "Could we consider X to be Y"? No idea what it's called, but I'd guess at some kind of participle phrase – Andrew Oct 29 '18 at 15:39
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    Possible duplicate of Meaning of "to be" in this sentence? – FumbleFingers Oct 29 '18 at 15:49
  • the right order for negative interrogative is: Wouldn't it be grammatical. And yes, of course, the combination of all these factors is compromising X's free will. However, there is already a question: Could we consider x? Can you consider this to be a short answer? – Lambie Oct 29 '18 at 16:44

Words like consider, and judge can take two different types of clause as their object.

They can take a non-finite clause, with a "to"-infinitive:

We consider X to be Y.

They can take a finite clause, optionally introduced by "that"

We consider [that] X is Y.

There is no difference in meaning, but the non-finite construction is fairly formal, more used in writing than in speech.

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