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    Passive Voice clarification

    Hello,

    I've bit confusing with following usage in the below context.

    Let's assume one file is generated through a computer system every hour.

    But now it has not generated. may be because of an issue.


    1. File has not been generated after the process
    2. File is not being generated by the process
    3. File is not generated by the the process


    If we are to express the incident that just happened little while ago. What could be the correct one. What's the usage of rest.



    Thanks

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    Re: Passive Voice clarification

    As you are trouble-shooting, immediately (very soon) after: The file hasn't been generated.
    You are relating this past event to a current situation - needing the file.

    In general (filling out the trouble-shooting report): The file wasn't generated.

    (I don't know if "the process" is the thing that generates the file. If so, it would by "by the process." If some other part of the programming generates the file after "the process" has run, it would be "after the process.")

    Note the file.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Passive Voice clarification

    Hi Barb,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Then what instance we can use "is not being generated". Since that present passive voice, you mean to say we cannot use in the above context because file generating event has happened in the past

    Cheers

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    Re: Passive Voice clarification

    If it is a recurring error, then "isn't being generated" would work. It happened before, it's happening now, most likely it will happen the next time we run it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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