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In this sentence:

I consider him a good person.

What is prohibiting us from positing a three-place predicate here? In such a scenario, consider would discharge three theta-roles to agent (I), percept (him) and theme (a good person).

I am fully aware of the current explanation behind exceptional case-marking (ECM), either because of raising-to-object or doing away with the "protective" CP layer (so that V can assign case to "him" through TP) - I was just wondering where my line of reasoning was flawed.

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  • Would this alternative explanation be able to account for sentences with ECM before an infinitive like "I consider him to be a good person"? If so, how? Dec 11, 2017 at 1:22
  • Your reasoning isn’t flawed, there are theories which regard such verbs as ternary predicates.
    – Atamiri
    Dec 11, 2017 at 14:05

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