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    'to be killed' vs 'to have been killed'

    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were reported to be killed in Syria last Friday.

    Would it be wrong if I replaced 'to be killed' with 'to have been killed'?

    Thanks.

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    Re: 'to be killed' vs 'to have been killed'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were reported to be killed in Syria last Friday.

    Would it be wrong if I replaced 'to be killed' with 'to have been killed'?
    No. You would be correcting a mistake.

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    Re: 'to be killed' vs 'to have been killed'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. You would be correcting a mistake.
    Hi,
    I get confused with "to have been killed".
    Why it is not "were killed" or "had been killed"?
    Thanks!



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    Re: 'to be killed' vs 'to have been killed'

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Hi,
    I get confused with "to have been killed".
    Why it is not "were killed" or "had been killed"?
    Thanks!
    Neither would work after "reported". These would be correct:
    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were reported to have been killed in Syria last Friday.
    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were reported killed in Syria last Friday.
    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people had been killed in Syria last Friday.
    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were killed in Syria last Friday.

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    Re: 'to be killed' vs 'to have been killed'

    Many thanks,Bhaisahab, for the sentences you provided. They give a very clear answer to Anhnha's question.

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