Grammar: Impersonal passive

Used to say what people say without specifying who says it.

Subject + be (conjugated) + past participle (said/believed/thought/known…) + to + infinitive

“The coconut tree is thought to be one of the most valuable trees in the world”

“The terrorist is thought to be living abroad”

“These herbs are said to be good for health”

“She is thought to have written a book”

“The band is/are said to be planning to go on a tour”
(this example is taken from the FCE Sample exam. Question 29)

“He is said to have a lot of money”


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