1) The murderer was believed to be a hired assassin.
2) The murderer was believed to have been a hired assassin.
I have no idea what's the difference between these two sentences. Could anybody help me?
Very appreciated. Thanks!
Here is a sentence where you need the second form: "The murderer was believed to have been an English teacher before he became a hired assassin." It's a similar requirement for that of the past perfect. You're looking at two events/states in the past. "It was believed that the murderer had been an English teacher before becoming a hired assassin."
Last edited by Raymott; 30-Mar-2012 at 17:28.