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Are these 16 sentences grammatically correct?

 
 
Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2014 06:17 am
Hi!
Could you please tell me whether these sentences are grammatically correct?
1a)Men are judged as shallow by women./1b) Women judge men as shallow.
2a)Men are thought of as shallow by women./2b)Women think of men as shallow.
3)We are all born shallow.
4)According to the Western world, Africans are born savages.
5a)The Western world depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) Africans as savages./5b)Africans were depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) as savages by the Western world.
6a)Africans were written off as savages by white people./6b)White people wrote Africans off as savages.
7a)White people deemed Africans to be savages./7b)Africans were deemed (to be) savages by white people.
8a)White people depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) Africans’ practices as savage./8b)Africans’ practices were depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) as savage by white people.
9a)Africans’ practices were written off as savage by white people./9b)White people wrote Africans’ practices off as savage.
10a)Africans’ practices were deemed (to be) savage by white people./10b)White people deemed Africans’ practices to be savage.
11a)Africans were depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) as primitive by the Western world./11b)The Western world depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) Africans as primitive.
12a)Africans were written off as primitive by the Western world./12b)The Western world wrote Africans off as primitive.
13a)The Western world deemed Africans to be primitive./13b)Africans were deemed (to be) primitive by the Western world.
14a)They depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) Africans’ practices as primitive./14b)Africans’ practices were depicted (portrayed/described/perceived) as primitive.
15a)Their practices were written off as primitive./15b)They wrote their practices off as primitive.
16a)Their practices were deemed (to be) primitive./16b)They deemed their practices to be primitive.

Thank you in advance for your patience!
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2014 01:32 pm
@Dracarys,
1a)Men are judged by women as shallow

5a)The Western world has depicted….
Dracarys
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2014 01:58 pm
@dalehileman,
Thank you!
Are the other (almost identical) examples OK?
dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 27 Aug, 2014 04:31 pm
@Dracarys,
All the "by" 's should be examined

Quote:
They wrote their practices off as primitive
We'd say "…wrote off their practices…"

With "they" and "their" be sure context makes clear who's doin' what

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=should+western+world+be+capitalized
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RealEyes
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2014 12:39 am
@Dracarys,
All of the sentences listed above appear to be grammatically correct. Some forms are more suited to different dialectic preferences - which vary from region to region. I disagree with dalehileman's assessment. Within my own preferences and style I prefer concision and reduced repetition, but that is not to say preferred selections are exclusively correct.
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