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    Confused

    Why do we sometimes have to say used by and not use by in present time?
    like some articles I read on wikipedia?
    Last edited by ManSeek; 12-Dec-2011 at 13:20. Reason: Grammar error.

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    Re: Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by ManSeek View Post
    Why do we sometimes have to say used by and not use by in present time?
    like some articles I read on wikipedia?
    Could you provide an example? What's the context?

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    Re: Confused

    It just says used by. It's like a profile.

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    Re: Confused

    ManSeek, we need at least a complete sentence containing 'used by' before we can respond to your question.

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    Re: Confused

    Ok let's say, It is used by, that would be passive right? But on wikipedia it doesn't have the "to be" verb. Is it possible?

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    Re: Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by ManSeek View Post
    Ok let's say, It is used by, that would be passive right? But on wikipedia it doesn't have the "to be" verb. Is it possible?
    ManSeek, we need at least a complete sentence containing 'used by' before we can respond to your question.

    (This is the only response you are likely to receive unless you give us a complete sentence. That applies to the wikipedia example as well.)

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    Wink Re: Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ManSeek, we need at least a complete sentence containing 'used by' before we can respond to your question.
    I bet the OP means a sentence like this, "This is a list of songs used by Apple Inc. in commercials, keynote addresses, presentations, and other marketing materials." (From Wikipedia)

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    Re: Confused

    Quote Originally Posted by ManSeek View Post
    Why do we sometimes have to say used by and not use by in present time?
    like some articles I read on wikipedia?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thanks to Mav's post, I may now understand your question.

    (2) "This is a list of songs used by Apple."

    (a) This sentence is a shorter way to say:

    "This is a list of songs that is used by Apple."

    (b) Have you studied the passive yet? In the passive, we always use the past

    participle. (use = present; used = past; used = past participle)

    (c) We can say "Apple uses this list of songs" or "This list of songs is used by Apple." ("used" = past participle)

    (d) Another example:

    "I use a red pen" or "A red pen is used by me."

    (e) Can you now change this to the passive:

    Mona uses a computer.

    Answer: A computer is used by Mona.

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    Re: Confused

    I understand now. Thanks.

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