I'm confused by these two sentences. I don't know if they're both grammatically correct.

  1. They have produced a new solar panel that is considerably more innovative than any other of its kind.

  2. They have produced a new solar panel that is considered more innovative than any other of its kind.

  • The "linking verb" here is IS, which forms / identifies the relationship between the solar panel and how it's rated / considered by pundits. The actual word considered (= thought to be) is completely optional here. All it really does is perhaps "downplay" the rating "innovative" to the status of mere opinion, rather than being an established fact. Apr 10, 2020 at 14:54
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    considerably more innovative = very much more innovative, considered more innovative = thought to be more innovative Apr 10, 2020 at 15:00
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    In terms of whether "consider" can take predicative complements, then yes, it is a so-called linking verb: "Ed was considered a fool" / "They considered Ed a fool".
    – BillJ
    Apr 10, 2020 at 15:17

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Both sentences are correct technically but they mean something slightly different with the wording used.

The first sentence is more direct, you are saying that without a doubt it is “considerably” better than others.

The second sentence you are saying that people think (considered) it is better.

Considerably + adj is correct. Considered would be a linking verb. Considerably is used to describe something, considered is used to show what you’re doing or what someone has done.

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