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    It's the social worker who was spoken to VS speaks to VS was being speaking to ??

    What do the sentences mean in three different expression ?

    1. It's the social worker who was spoken to Eva and Ken in hushed sympathetic tones.
    2. It's the social worker who speaks to Eva and Ken in hushed sympathetic tones.
    3. It's the social worker who was being speaking to Eva and Ken in hushed sympathetic tones.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: It's the social worker who was spoken to VS speaks to VS was being speaking to ??

    Only #2 is grammatical and meaningful.

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    Re: It's the social worker who was spoken to VS speaks to VS was being speaking to ??

    Can you try to express to me about the No.1 and no. 3?

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    Re: It's the social worker who was spoken to VS speaks to VS was being speaking to ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Can you try to express explain to me about the No.1 and no. 3?
    1. It's the social worker who was spoken to Eva and Ken in hushed sympathetic tones.

    3. It's the social worker who was being speaking toEva and Ken in hushed sympathetic tones.

    I think sentence No.1 would have been acceptable if you add a "by" before Eva.

    "Was being speaking to" is totally wrong.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It's the social worker who was spoken to VS speaks to VS was being speaking to ??

    Where did you find the sentence?

    It's more likely the social worker who's speaking.

    1. It's the social worker who spoke to Eva and Ken in hushed, sympathetic tones.

    2. It's the social worker who speaks to Eva and Ken in hushed, sympathetic tones.
    Possible - more likely 'is speaking'.

    3. It's the social worker who was
    being speaking to Eva and Ken in hushed, sympathetic tones.
    Note that I have added a comma after 'hushed'.

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