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    #1

    was eaten and had eaten

    1) The rat was eaten by the cat.

    2) Jessie had eaten her dinner.


    I know that for (2), the verb form is past perfect (had + past participle)

    Is there a term for the verb form in (1), 'was eaten'? I understand that it cannot be past perfect since the helping verb is not had.

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    #2

    Re: was eaten and had eaten

    It is past simpe passive.

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    #3

    Re: was eaten and had eaten

    When I was in school, they would call "eaten" a "predicate adjective." The past participle form of the verb is used as an adjective.

    The verb in the sentence would simply be "was" the simple past form of "be."

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    Re: was eaten and had eaten

    @ Piscean: May I know why is it a 'past simple passive'? I am so confused by the terms.....

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Oceanlike; 24-Jul-2015 at 15:31. Reason: omitted the verb 'am'

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    #5

    Re: was eaten and had eaten

    Because 'was' is the past tense of 'be' and 'eaten' is the past participle of 'eat'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: was eaten and had eaten

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    @ Piscean: May I know why is it a 'past simple passive'? I am so confused by the terms.....
    The cat eats the rat. - present simple, active voice
    The rat is eaten by the cat. - present simple, passive voice
    The cat ate the rat. - past simple, active voice
    The rat was eaten by the cat. - past simple, passive voice.

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