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Why is 'taken' used with 'are' instead of 'have'?



 
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Why is 'taken' used with 'are' instead of 'have'? #1 (permalink) Thu May 18, 2006 5:52 am   Why is 'taken' used with 'are' instead of 'have'?
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #118 "Passive Tense Forms", question 6

The children ......... taken to school by bus every day.

(a) are
(b) have
(c) was
(d) had

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #118 "Passive Tense Forms", answer 6

The children are taken to school by bus every day.

Correct answer: (a) are

Your answer was: incorrect
The children have taken to school by bus every day.
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why is "taken" used with "are" instead of "have"?

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Why is 'taken' used with 'are' instead of 'have'? #2 (permalink) Thu May 18, 2006 8:17 am   Why is 'taken' used with 'are' instead of 'have'?
 

"The children have taken to school by bus every day" is not right. Even if we wanted to stress that the action was already carried out we should have said "The children have been taken to school by bus... But here there is an indication "every day" that suggests habitual, usual action. So we must use present indefinite passive.
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Passive #3 (permalink) Thu May 18, 2006 9:01 am   Passive
 

Hi Gerasim,

You might like to read some material I've written for the site on the Passive Voice:

http://www.english-test.net/lessons/3/index.html

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