“He’s seen as a true conservative, which McCain is seen as less than.” That sentence …Of course, we like the visuals here on Team Verb, so here's another view:
- sounds utterly fine 21 (29%)
- sounds fine with 'being ' added ('as being less than') 7 (9%)
- needs more help than that but isn't too bad 36 (50%)
- cannot be made into English 8 (11%)
I posted the query with a poll for a simple reason: I thought it was probably idiosyncratic or maybe a performance error, not something that would sound right to lots of people. I expected almost all responses to be negative.
Well, I was wrong. I'm in the "it just ain't English" camp. But the Ridger's suggestion (in earlier comments) that a listener could reasonably supply the info is fair enough, and there's a kind of Strunk & White motivation for doing it for some. But it sounds really bad to me.
Oh yeah, I hope that Laura, of A Walk in the Words, will now reveal her vote and comment on it, at her blog or here.