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The past tense of run is ran. However, you couldn't say something was being "ran" poorly i.e. the business was ran poorly. However, saying "runned" would be wrong as well. What would be the word to use in this instance:

The government will be prevented from being ____ properly.

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The passive voice in English uses the past participle, not the simple past.

  • Sing-sang-sung. Song being sung.
  • Ring-rang-rung. Bell being rung.
  • Do-did-done. Deeds being done.
  • Speak-spoke-spoken. Word being spoken.
  • Break-broke-broken. Rules being broken.
  • Run-ran-run. Government being run.

(Your confusion probably stems from the fact that for many verbs, the past participle and the simple past are identical, as in make-made-made, play-played-played, etc.)

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Note that some speakers, especially speakers of AAVE, might find the business was ran poorly, deeds being did, government being ran, etc. to be grammatical. –  aedia λ May 19 '11 at 22:19
    
Yes, in fact we now have a dedicated tag for questions dealing with that construction. –  RegDwigнt Oct 24 '12 at 10:59
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The missing word is run. The government will be prevented from being run properly.

Not that prevention will be necessary - it will fail to run properly all by itself. Governments always do.

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You want to use the present tense for the word ran in the following sentence without using runned.

The government will be prevented from being runned properly.

I would say that you could use managed or maintained.

So it will look like this

The government will be prevented from being managed properly.

or this

The government will be prevented from being maintained properly.

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It is more idiomatic to say: to run a government, as if it were a real business, than saying to manage a gov't. –  Mari-Lou A Sep 24 '13 at 4:30
    
Present tense? Say what? –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 28 '13 at 8:01
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