Police is said to catch the mugger.


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Hello. I have a question about the passive voice <...>

Do I always have to use a Perfect infinitive ' to have been' when referring to something that happened earlier ?
"Police is said to have caught the mugger" - can I say - "Police is said to catch the mugger"?

"She was said in 1990 to have been a good teacher in 1970" - Can I say ' she was said 1990to be a good teacher in 1970?
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  • The Newt

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    In a headline, "Police Said to Catch Mugger" is fine, but we're unlikely to use the passive ("the police are said...") like that in speech or other kinds of writing.

    You need "to have been a good teacher."
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