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    was/have been taught

    I have been taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".

    I was taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".

    Are both sentences correct?

    Thanks.
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    Re: was/have been taught

    I have taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".
    [OK. I am a teacher, and I have told my students this before. "have taught": active voice]

    I was taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".
    [OK. I am a learner, and teachers taught me this rule in the past. "was taught": passive voice. Also, I "have been taught (before now): passive voice)

    Are both sentences correct?
    [Yes, but different meaning. The first one is possible, but a little strange: teachers would perhaps say, "I have taught them that it is wrong ..." or "I always teach them that it is wrong ..."]
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    Re: was/have been taught

    Hi Irpond

    My apologies. The first question should have been as follows.

    I have been taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".
    I was taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: was/have been taught

    Ah, in that case they are both perfectly correct.

    Perhaps, "I have been taught this rule" suggests that I still stick to the rule, whereas "I was taught this rule" suggests a rule that I learnt in the past, and I either don't follow it anymore, or have no need for it.

    "I have been taught this rule, but it is nonsense" seems unlikely.
    "I was taught this rule, but it is nonsense" sounds more likely.

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    Re: was/have been taught

    irpond

    I don't agree with your last post.

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    Re: was/have been taught

    What? Completely disagree?

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    Re: was/have been taught

    I don't agreee with what you said, starting with "Perhaps,".

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    Re: was/have been taught

    I have been taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".

    I was taught that it is wrong to use a past tense verb after "to".

    Are both sentences correct?

    I would appreciate it very much if someone could reply to the above questions, which I posted earlier, but have not received a firm reply.

    Best wishes

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    Re: was/have been taught

    Both are correct.

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    Re: was/have been taught

    Thanks, Anglika.

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