Use of past simple?


Senior Member
Hi and good evening,
I feel I've improved my knowledge of tenses but still, I sometimes make mistakes and don't know where I'm wrong.

There's this sentence: "The criminals _____(catch) by the police".
As far as I know, it could be also past simple and also present perfect (in passive), so why does my book say that the answer is only 'have been caught'? Couldn't it be 'were caught'?

Thanks and have a good night!
  • rawfrijoles

    USA, English
    Both "have been caught" and "were caught" are acceptable in this context, although you are correct in saying that "were caught" is a more natural choice.
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