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made to look

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:50 pm
by azz
a. She was a better person than she was made to look by her detractors.
b. She was a better person than she was presented by her detractors.
c. She was a better person than her detractors made her seem.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.

Re: made to look

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:40 pm
by Phil White
Sentences a and c are fine.

Sentence b needs some kind of complement to the verb "present" to make it work. Either of the following would work:
  • She was a better person than she was presented as by her detractors.
  • She was a better person than she was presented as being by her detractors.