1) I found them kind people.
2) I found them to be kind people.

'1' could mean I found kind people for them. Could it mean that I found them kind?
If it can, is there any difference between '1' and '2'?

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3) I found them fools.
4) I found them to be fools.

'3' could mean I found fools for them. Could it mean I found them foolish?
If it can, is there any difference between the meanings of '3' and '4'?

Gratefully,
Nav

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Hi, Navi,

I think the noun will be more readily interpreted as a direct object.

For "find" to work as a verb of mental perception, I'd normally use "to be + noun" or "(to be) adjective" (where the noun or adjective functions as an object complement).

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