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They seem to bought the ideas from the crooked politician.

I believe I have heard the use of "seem to bought" in movies before, but is it grammatical?

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No, it's incorrect.

It should read:

"They seem to have bought the ideas from the crooked politician."

Although "of the crooked politician" sounds more idiomatic.

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    +1, but I think replacing ‘from’ with ‘of’ changes the meaning subtly, although I can’t figure out quite how. – Fivesideddice Jun 15 at 8:58

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