I'm a little bit confused in the situation where we use two verbs in a passive voice sentence. So, should we omit the to be verb there or keep it.

Thanks in advance !

  • May I ask why you chose that example in particular? – TaliesinMerlin Apr 4 '19 at 16:29
  • It's just a spontaneous thought. I didn't remember the original sentence, just the problem – Việt Mai Hoàng Apr 4 '19 at 16:31
  • They are not simultaneous: She was trapped, then shot. – Lambie Apr 4 '19 at 17:09

There are two homogeneous predicates in your sentence (was trapped and was shot).

As the structures of these predicates are the same the second common auxiliary (was) can be omitted.

According to the graph there is only one way of saying: "...was trapped and shot".

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