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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    if they were seen, there should have been





    There are several questions that arise immediately from this second story. First of all, if the three kids were close enough to be killed by this “precision” attack, they were surely also close enough to have been visible to whatever surveillance craft was monitoring the activities of the Taliban fighters, and if they were seen, there should have been no air strike called in.


    Source: The American 'heroes' who killed three children in Afghanistan


    Is the underlined part passive or active conditional? Please note that I don't know whether passive voice being used in conditionals.

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    Re: if they were seen, there should have been

    It's a conditional statement written in a passive way. If the people who called in the air strikes had seen the children, then they should not have called for the strike.

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    Re: if they were seen, there should have been

    ... if they were seen ...

    Part of BE followed by the third form (past participle) of a verb normally means that we have a passive construction.

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