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    To Be ??

    Dear all,

    There is one sentence -

    "The situtation is said to be critical.

    I want to know what type of tense is used in this. What is the nature of this sentence. Why to be is used in this sentence with word said.



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    Re: To Be ??

    It means that people say it is critical- the speaker/writer is using the structure to show that they are reporting opinions and not expressing their own, or giving an unconfirmed fact.


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