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    Default What tense is this "are believed to have left"?

    "are believed to have left"


    Look people, "are believe" is a simple present passive voice. However, the rest of aforementioned phrase made me confused.

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    More than 200 Islamists are believed to have left Germany in the past few years to join the jihad in Pakistan.

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    Default Re: What tense is this "are believed to have left"?

    The simple present passive (are believed) is followed by a perfect to- infinitive active (to have left).

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    Default Re: What tense is this "are believed to have left"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    "are believed to have left" - simple present passive + perfect infinitive


    Look people, "are believe" is a simple present passive voice. However, the rest of aforementioned phrase made me confused.

    Here, a link

    Passive Verb Tense


    Here, the context

    More than 200 Islamists are believed to have left Germany in the past few years to join the jihad in Pakistan.
    Hi,

    Here's another link: The infinitive: Other forms used in English grammar

    It is used to say that the police, or whoever is keeping track of the movements of the Islamists in Germany, believe that over 200 of them have left the country to go to Pakistan.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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