Is there any difference between these sentence fragments:

  1. Things that will make you unable to do [this and that]
  2. Things that will make you be unable to do [this and that]

Are both of them even correct? If yes, are they synonyms or there is a difference in meaning?

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I would say that both fragments are correct, but in the second fragment 'be' is implied in this construction and would be redundant.

  • You're right, edited the question to include "fragments", thanks. Feel free to edit out incorrect parts yourself.
    – Luke
    Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 14:15

First sentence is correct. As far as second is concerned more context is required. However first sentence's structure is more common.

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