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    Verbe tense

    Hi, In these sentence "It is caused by bacteria." . What is the verb tense of the sentence ? It is verb to be + ed ?

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    Re: Verbe tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ftatarli View Post
    Hi, In these sentence "It is caused by bacteria." . What is the verb tense of the sentence ? It is verb to be + ed ?

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    "Caused" is a past participle used as an adjective, where "it" (some disease?) receives the effect/action of bacteria.
    Last edited by billmcd; 27-Jul-2013 at 18:33.

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    Re: Verbe tense

    Hello.
    It's called "the (simple) present passive".

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    Re: Verbe tense

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Caused" is a past participle used as an adjective, where "it" (some disease?) receives the effect/action of bacteria.
    I wouldn't call "caused" an adjective there. It is part of a passive voice verb. It is caused by bacteria = bacteria cause it.

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    Re: Verbe tense

    The TENSE is present. The VOICE is passive.

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    Re: Verbe tense

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I wouldn't call "caused" an adjective there. It is part of a passive voice verb. It is caused by bacteria = bacteria cause it.
    Yes. My error. "cause/caused" is not one of the verbs typically used/classified as a participial adjective.

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