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    rajan is offline Member
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    To Be ??

    Dear all,

    There is one sentence -

    "The situtation is said to be critical.

    I want to know what type of tense is used in this. What is the nature of this sentence. Why to be is used in this sentence with word said.

    Thanks

    Rajan

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    Re: To Be ??

    It means that people say it is critical- the speaker/writer is using the structure to show that they are reporting opinions and not expressing their own, or giving an unconfirmed fact.

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