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Is "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication?



 
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Is "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication? #1 (permalink) Wed Jan 30, 2008 15:50 pm   Is "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #95 "auxiliary verbs: was, did, have", question 7

The police located the art work which ......... been stolen from the gallery.

(a) was
(b) were
(c) did
(d) had

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #95 "auxiliary verbs: was, did, have", answer 7

The police located the art work which had been stolen from the gallery.

Correct answer: (d) had

Your answer was: incorrect
The police located the art work which was been stolen from the gallery.
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The word "been" + past participle (stolen) made me think that it could be a passive form test. I suppose that i am wrong.

So, has "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication?

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Is "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication? #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:16 am   Is "it had been stolen" a rule of aplication?
 

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It is indeed passive, but you tried to form it incorrectly. Passive is 'be' verb + past participle:

Art is stolen frequently (present simple)
The painting has been stolen (present perfect)
The statue was stolen last Tuesday (simple past)
The artwork had been stolen when the alarm finally went off (past perfect)
The van Gogh will have been stolen many times by the end of the 21st century (future perfect)
etc.
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