I'm confused with below sentence,

1)She mentioned that it has been named as the Indian Wars.

2)She mentioned that it was named as the Indian Wars.

First one is incorrect?

  • If the first one would be it had been, both will correct. – Qian Chen Apr 6 '18 at 4:35
  • @ElgsQianChen How about ' Native citizens were died during the war' or 'Native citizens died during the war' Why first one is wrong? – ever alian Apr 6 '18 at 6:22
  • were killed, were dead or died all sound right. were died is wrong. Someone dies, but they are not died by anything. – Qian Chen Apr 6 '18 at 6:25
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    You don't want to include "as", by the way. "She mentioned that it was named 'The Indian Wars'", for example. – Dispenser Apr 6 '18 at 20:20

A passive verb needs to have [to be] before the main verb (which should be in past participle form). 'has been' and 'was' are both forms of [to be], thus both sentences are grammatically correct.

The difference is the tense:

  • 'has been named' is present perfect. It implies that it was named the Indian Wars in the past and that the name still holds in the present.

  • 'was named' is past simple. It only refers to a past time, possibly the first time the Indian Wars were named as such.

Both might be appropriate for your context; it just depends on what implications you want to include. To decide which is better, you'll have to look into the differences between the tenses.

But as far as Passive Voice is concerned, both sentences are valid.

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