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    He was reported shot in the head.

    1 He was reported to have been shot in the head.
    2 He was reported shot in the head.
    3 He was reportedly shot in the head.
    4 He was reported as having been shot in the head.
    5 He was reported having been shot in the head.
    6 He was reported being shot in the head.

    Dear teacher,

    I know that the sentences 1,2,3 and 4 are correct and have no difference in meaning. And I suppose sentences 5 and 6 are also correct, but have a slight difference in meaning between them.
    He was reported having been shot in the head. It suggests the action of shotting had completed.
    He was reported being shot in the head. It suggests that the action of shotting was continuing.

    Could you please tell me whether my understanding is correct? Thanks.




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    #2

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    1 He was reported to have been shot in the head.
    2 He was reported shot in the head.
    3 He was reportedly shot in the head.
    4 He was reported as having been shot in the head.
    5 He was reported having been shot in the head.
    6 He was reported being shot in the head.

    Dear teacher,

    I know that the sentences 1,2,3 and 4 are correct and have no difference in meaning. And I suppose sentences 5 and 6 are also correct, but have a slight difference in meaning between them.
    He was reported having been shot in the head. It suggests the action of shotting had completed.
    He was reported being shot in the head. It suggests that the action of shotting was continuing.

    Could you please tell me whether my understanding is correct? Thanks.




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    5 and 6 are incorrect sentences.

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    #3

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    5 and 6 are incorrect sentences.
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    However, I found an example of "reported being shot" on the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

    On Sept. 28, a man reported being shot in the arm after going to an apartment to pick up shirts for a friend...
    Is that incorrect also?

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    #4

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    However, I found an example of "reported being shot" on the Corpus of Contemporary American English.



    Is that incorrect also?
    No. I imagine, strictly, a case could be made for 'having been' for preference here - though we should probably cut the poor guy some slack! Besides, he'd be more likely to say 'he said he'd been shot in the arm'; I don't think people in pain tend to use 'report' + participle that much.

    But note that this is a slightly different case from the one bhaisahab was talking about, in that both the reporter and the sufferer are the same person. So it would be acceptable to say 'he reported having being shot in the arm' but not 'he reported his daughter having been shot in the arm'. In 'He was reported having been shot in the head' the reporter is obviously not the casualty.


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    #5

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Thanks, bhaisahab.

    However, I found an example of "reported being shot" on the Corpus of Contemporary American English.



    Is that incorrect also?
    That one is correct. The difference is this:


    • A man reported being shot (by someone) ...
      • <the man reported the crime. He told the officials that he had been shot in the arm by someone>
    • He was reported being shot ...
      • <someone reported that the man was *being shot in the head>
        • The problem: the discharge of a firearm takes a split second, but 'being shot' means the act is ongoing. That meaning is best expressed using 'being shot at.'

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    #6

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Thank you very much. I've got it. :)

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    #7

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    1 He was reported to have been shot in the head.
    2 He was reported shot in the head.
    3 He was reportedly shot in the head.
    4 He was reported as having been shot in the head.
    5 He was reported having been shot in the head.
    6 He was reported being shot in the head. LQZ
    From the list I prefer #4.

    Also is it possible to say

    7. He was reported as had been shot in the head.(Does this mean he's dead?)
    8. He was reported as been shot in the head. (Is this an elliptical form of the #4?)

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    #8

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post

    Also is it possible to say

    7. He was reported as had been shot in the head.(Does this mean he's dead?)
    8. He was reported as been shot in the head. (Is this an elliptical form of the #4?)
    Neither work.

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    #9

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Neither work.
    - not elliptical, not informal, just plain WRONG
    (though I'd've said 'Neither works' )

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    #10

    Re: He was reported shot in the head.

    /A learner/

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    - not elliptical, not informal, just plain WRONG
    (though I'd've said 'Neither works' )

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    Now, now..
    "Plain" means obvious and clear.
    How could'u've said it's obvious and clear that it's wrong if you hadn't explained why?

    In addition would you mind letting me know as well how happened the first three are all correct? I am mostly interested in #3.
    reportedly shot

    Thanks

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