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    Dear teachers,


    The following sentence is from my textbook:

    Most people _______ to the conference next month are famous scientists.
    a. being invited b. to be invited
    The key is both "a" and "b". But I think "b" is better.

    "a" suggests if I use an attributive clause it should be:

    Most people who are being invited to the conference next month are famous scientists.

    In this sentence "invite" is used in continuous tense. My question is "Can the word 'invite' be used in continuous tense"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Your question is inviting.

    Note that, the word invited in being invited is a past participle.

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    Dear Soup,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    "Being invited" suggests passive voice, continuous tense and is used as an attribute that modifies "people". I can rewrite the part by an attributive clause:

    Most people who are being invited to the conference next month are famous scientists.

    Is that right?

    If it is not continuous tense then it must be "Most people invited to the conference......". Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Your question is inviting.

    Note that, the word invited in being invited is a past participle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    I can rewrite the part by an attributive clause:

    Most people who are being invited to the conference next month are famous scientists.

    Is that right?
    Either who are being invited or its elliptical form who are invited work. Note the ellipsis here:
    Most (of the) people who are (being) invited to the conference next month are famous scientists.

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