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    Hello

    I would like to ask what is it the time?

    "we have been told almost day-in and day-out for the past 30 years, and, in that time, right wing governments have lowered Taxes all over the world."

    Sometimes i meet with the form had been told. Is it passive voice? But there is "we"!

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    Default Re: "we have been told"

    ''We" is the grammatical subject of the verb "have been told". That verb is passive voice, present perfect tense (aspect). Incidentally there is no indication of what "we" have been told; the sentence is incomplete.
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    Default Re: "we have been told"

    Quote Originally Posted by CamillusAugust View Post
    Hello

    I would like to ask what is it the time? The tense?

    "we have been told almost day-in and day-out for the past 30 years, and, in that time, right wing governments have lowered Taxes all over the world."

    Sometimes i meet with the form had been told. Is it passive voice? But there is "we"!
    It's the passive voice of the present prefect tense.
    "They have told us" - active
    "We have been told [by them]" - passive.

    "Had been told" is the passive voice of the past perfect.

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