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    Default Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas - one of reporting verbs

    The whole sentence is as follows:

    Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas, we will come back.

    I think, I may be wrong, that 'confirm' is one of reporting verbs.

    In my opinion, the clause in question could be expressed differently, namely, "once it is confirmed that the truck is free of gas".

    Do you agree with me?

    Thank you.

    May I ask another question about the use of the structure in the past tense or should I open another thread?

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    Default Re: Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas - one of reporting verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    The whole sentence is as follows:

    Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas, we will come back.

    I think, I may be wrong, that 'confirm' is one of reporting verbs.

    In my opinion, the clause in question could be expressed differently, namely, "once it is confirmed that the truck is free of gas".

    Do you agree with me?

    Thank you.

    May I ask another question about the use of the structure in the past tense or should I open another thread?
    I agree with you that "Once it is/once it has been confirmed that ..." is better. You will see/hear "Once [noun] is confirmed to be ..." but I find it clunky. I would like to check what you mean by "free of gas" though. Is it a tanker which might contain gas in the huge main part at the back and that gas must be emptied out of the tanker? Initially, I assumed that "gas" (AmE) meant "petrol" (BrE) and that "was free of gas" meant "had run out of petrol" - if that were the case, it would be a very unnatural sentence.

    Please open a new thread for your other question.
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    Default Re: Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas - one of reporting verbs

    It is a tanker which might contain gas in the huge main part at the back and that gas must be emptied out of the tanker. Gas means literally gas, not petrol.

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    Default Re: Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas - one of reporting verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    It is a tanker which might contain gas in the huge main part at the back and that gas must be emptied out of the tanker. Gas means literally gas, not petrol.
    OK, thanks for the clarification. I would probably say "Once it has been confirmed that all the gas has been emptied out of the tank ...".
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    Default Re: Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas - one of reporting verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    The whole sentence is as follows:

    Once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas, we will come back.

    I think, I may be wrong, that 'confirm' is one of reporting verbs.

    In my opinion, the clause in question could be expressed differently, namely, "once it is confirmed that the truck is free of gas".

    Do you agree with me?

    Thank you.

    May I ask another question about the use of the structure in the past tense or should I open another thread?
    I don't have a problem with "once the truck is confirmed to be free of gas."

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