Re: personal passive
I don't know what you mean by 'personal passive.
#1a is fine. I cannot think of a context in which #1b would work
Originally Posted by aysaa
This one is difficult. If the original words were "He is staying in the city", then #2 and #2a are possible. If the original words were "He was staying in the city", then #2 is just about possible, though unlikely, #2a is not possible, and #2b is possible.
It was reported that he was staying in the city.
He was reported to be staying in the city.
He was reported to have been staying in the city.
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