What is the grammar used here for 'taken back'?

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Hello!

It is quite likely that people from the 21st century, taken back to the 1921s, would not rope.

Past participle, passive voice, or what else? It is not clear...

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You can understand this as: It is quite likely that people from the 21st century, if they were taken back to the 1920s, would not cope.
 

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Welcome to the forum, salsagabor.:giggle:

Please tell us the source and author of anything you quote.

Note that the last word of your sentence should almost certainly be cope.
 

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Yes, cope, not rope. :)
Source: Let's discuss it! Kész Zoltán, Törökné Tenk Dóra, 2012, Hungary
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Thanks, 5jj! :)

Then it is a Conditional/Possible condition/passive voice.
By possible condition I mean: If you needed it you would buy it.
Active: If we took them (people from the 21st century) back to the 1920s, they would cope.
Passive: If they were taken back to the 1920s, (they) would cope.
 

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You could see it as an adjective from the past participle- people taken.
 
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