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    #1

    appear to have been removed

    So from a grammatical point of view, what would that be in terms of tense, voice, etc.

    appear to have been removed
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    thought to have been destroyed


    I wish somebody could help me, because I don't even know where to search in my grammar book. :)

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    #2

    Re: appear to have been removed

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    I'm not a teacher
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    Hi thezelva, welcome to the forum,

    you could try looking under 'perfect infinitives' (in the passive).

    I seem to have annoyed her yesterday (perfect infinitive in the active) = It seems that I annoyed...

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    #3

    Re: appear to have been removed

    Welcome to the forum, thezelva.

    Please give as much context as you can with your posts - at least complete sentences. This helps us to give better answers

    X appear to have been removed

    X is thought to have been destroyed

    The words I have underlined are perfect infinitive passive forms.
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Apr-2011 at 00:27. Reason: typo

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    Re: appear to have been removed

    You beat me, nyota.

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    Re: appear to have been removed

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You beat me, nyota.
    It's about time!

    Typo 5jj --> answers
    Last edited by nyota; 22-Apr-2011 at 00:43.

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    Re: appear to have been removed

    The documents appear to have been removed from Kenya as part of a policy of extracting sensitive or incriminating files from former colonies.

    The missing material was thought to have been destroyed or lost, but after the High Court judge ordered the Government to produce all relevant evidence, the documents were found in the Foreign Office archives: about 1,500 files.


    these are the two sentences ... though i am knee deep now in comprehensive grammar by quirk and the others :D



    so it is passive perfect infinitive?

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    Re: appear to have been removed

    Quote Originally Posted by thezelva View Post
    so it is passive perfect infinitive?
    nyota thinks so. I think so.
    (Well, actually, we know so - that's why we responded in the way we did.)

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    #8

    Re: appear to have been removed

    ok so if you have time i have some further questions ... :D
    if you don't mind. :)

    can i keep them in this post or should i start a nes thread ... it's about sentence analysis and tree structures and all that ...

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    #9

    Re: appear to have been removed

    Please start a new thread for each new question to avoid confusion when different people answer different questions. If you have a question about sentence analysis, it might be better to post it in the Analysing and Diagramming Sentences
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