English Grammar Profile **C1** point 80 in the category of PAST is defined as:

past simple ‘I thought’ as a politeness structure to sound less direct.

*However, there is no way to formally decide if this is actually a politeness construction. If it is not, it might still contain B2 modal passive or B1 reporting structures.*

For example:

**We thought **she would be killed.

If we follow the pattern of both the EGP examples:

`I_P thought _PP _VM _VB`

**1 I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE 35535**

**I thought** it would be a great opportunity to do a little experiment.

2 I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE 8003

3 I THOUGHT I WOULD BE 2141

4 I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE 1616

5 I THOUGHT IT ‘D BE 1600

6 I THOUGHT I ‘D BE 1130

7 I THOUGHT IT COULD BE 940

8 I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE 854

9 I THOUGHT I MIGHT BE 735

10 I THOUGHT IT MAY BE 646

11 I THOUGHT HE WOULD BE 510

12 I THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE 465

13 I THOUGHT IT MUST BE 384

14 I THOUGHT THEY ‘D BE 360

15 I THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BE 344

16 I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE 264

17 I THOUGHT HE ‘D BE 259

18 I THOUGHT YOU ‘D BE 255

19 I THOUGHT WE WOULD BE 228

20 I THOUGHT HE MIGHT BE 222

21 I THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE 218

22 I THOUGHT I SHOULD BE 212

23 I THOUGHT I COULD BE 189

24 I THOUGHT WE ‘D BE 179

25 I THOUGHT IT WILL BE 124

26 I THOUGHT I MUST BE 118

27 I THOUGHT SHE MIGHT BE 110

28 I THOUGHT WE MIGHT BE 106

29 I THOUGHT YOU MAY BE 90

30 I THOUGHT THEY SHOULD BE 90

31 I THOUGHT SHE ‘D BE 81

32 I THOUGHT I MAY BE 80

33 I THOUGHT THEY MUST BE 65

34 I THOUGHT THEY COULD BE 61

35 I THOUGHT HE MUST BE 58

36 I THOUGHT HE COULD BE 58

37 I THOUGHT WE COULD BE 58

38 I THOUGHT THEY MAY BE 47

39 I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD BE 45

40 I THOUGHT WE SHOULD BE 44

41 I THOUGHT IT ‘LL BE 30

42 I THOUGHT SHE MUST BE 29

43 I THOUGHT HE SHOULD BE 29

44 I THOUGHT YOU MUST BE 23

45 I THOUGHT HE MAY BE 21

46 I THOUGHT YOU COULD BE 19

47 I THOUGHT I WILL BE 16

48 I THOUGHT SHE MAY BE 12

49 I THOUGHT IT CAN BE 11

50 I THOUGHT SHE COULD BE 11