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    was being repaired by......

    Is the synthesis of the following sentence correct or incorrect?

    The workers were repairing the bridge when it had collapsed in the storm.

    My answer: The bridge ("The bridge" is fixed at the start of the answer) was being repaired by the workers when it had collapsed in the storm.

    - If my answer is incorrect, what is the correct answer?
    - "was being repaired" is what form of tense? (past perfect tense comprises 'had' + 'past participle'; so when it's a "be" + past participle, what is the correct term for this tense?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: was being repaired by......

    Hello, Oceanlike.

    It's correct. (Congratulations!)
    It's called the "past progressive/continuous passive".


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    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    was being repaired by the workers
    I think the teachers here might find it unnatural, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the teachers here might find it unnatural, but I am not a teacher.
    There is nothing at all wrong with 'was being repaired', though there are other problems - see my next post.

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    #5

    Re: was being repaired by......

    It should be "... when it collapsed ...".
    Or "... after it (had) collapsed ..."
    (They don't mean the same thing.)

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    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    Is the synthesis of the following sentence correct or incorrect?

    The workers were repairing the bridge when it had collapsed in the storm.

    My answer: The bridge ("The bridge" is fixed at the start of the answer) was being repaired by the workers when it had collapsed in the storm.
    I am not sure that I understand what you mean by 'synthesis' here. You have correctly transformed the active form of the verb into the passive.

    However, in the sentence as it stands, the bridge was not fixed at the time those words were being uttered - it was being repaired! The use of the 'when' is not natural. In my opinion, the sentence would make better sense with a semi-colon after 'bridge' and no conjunction. You could also write "... the bridge (,) which had collapsed"; the comma after 'which' would be necessary if the clause were non-defining.

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    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    It should be "... when it collapsed".
    That simpler correction did not occur to me. My last post is, I think, correct, but your is much more likely to be what was intended.

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    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    It should be "... when it collapsed ...".
    Or "... after it (had) collapsed ..."
    (They don't mean the same thing.)
    Or they could be repairing it where it collapsed.

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    #9

    Re: was being repaired by......

    If I rephrase the question to: Workers were repairing the bridge that had collapsed in the storm.

    Do I answer with: The bridge (I cannot change the position of "the bridge") that had collapsed in the storm was being repaired by the workers.

    Please correct me where the way I deduce my answer if wrong. Thank you!
    1) From the question, 'had collapsed' cannot be changed into form of verb tense since it was written in the past perfect. Hence, I have to retain it as it is.
    2) I changed "were repairing" to "was being repaired" ----> stumped! I think this is the correct change because it conveys the idea of an ongoing action. However, I don't know the explanation for it; It just sounds right

    'were repairing' = past continuous
    ' was being repaired' = past continuous passive (as advised by tzfujimino)

    3) 'had repaired' = past perfect tense
    ' was repaired' = what tense is this?

    Many thanks for teaching me!
    Blessed day/night everyone

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    #10

    Re: was being repaired by......

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    ' was repaired' = what tense is this?
    I consider it the simple past passive, but I am not a teacher.

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