Which is correct?

A concrete example would be:

These processes (are run|are ran) within the context of this container.

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    Only one term in a multi-verb sequence should be modified for tense. That's alrready done with TO BE = are, so TO RUN should remain in the infinitive (but "bare", so it's just run, without to). Feb 9, 2021 at 16:42
  • @FF You may wish to delete the above. 'These fairs are hold ...'??? Feb 9, 2021 at 19:31

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"are run" is correct.

This is a passive voice sentence, form should be " BE + V past participle"

  • Please note that ELU is aimed at linguists. Fairly basic questions should be migrated to ELL, not answered. Very basic questions should be close-voted, not answered. Answering such off-topic questions sets an undesirable precedent. Feb 9, 2021 at 16:43
  • @EdwinAshworth I was not aware of ELL's existance, my apologies. How could I go about migrating my question there, if I may ask?
    – Saucy Goat
    Feb 9, 2021 at 16:58
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    @KannE Properly asked on ELU.Meta, but I'll answer. It has two; 'Linguistics' is for linguists to address language in general, and foreign languages. But check at 'the tour' here, the 'mission statement'. And check in Meta for the whole debate about why (uniquely, I believe) ELL was established to address more basic but reasonably researched English language questions. Feb 9, 2021 at 17:41
  • @KannE There's some very good stuff on ELL. Some of it should be on ELU; it's far above 'basic level'. But ELU tries to maintain scholastic standards and credibility, so GCSE questions or earlier aren't usually appropriate. And school grammars are all too often erroneous. Feb 9, 2021 at 19:29

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