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Reply to "The criminal is suspected of being aided by other individuals"

@Mark454 posted:

I would like to ask you one more question to better understand this sentence: "they are suspected of being aided" can also refer to a past event, as in "they suspect that they have been aided/ were aided", right?

If the suspicion is present but the aiding took place in the past, you should use a perfect form of the nonfinite verb:

- The criminal is suspected of having been aided by other individuals.

- They suspect the criminal of having been aided by other individuals / They suspect the criminal to have been aided by other individuals.

If both the suspicion and the aiding took place in the past, we'd have:

- The criminal was suspected of being aided by other individuals.

- They suspected the criminal of being aided by other individuals / They suspected the criminal to be aided by other individuals.

If the suspicion lies in the past and the aiding took place further back in the past, we'd have:

- The criminal was suspected of having been aided by other individuals.

- They suspected the criminal of having been aided by other individuals / They suspected the criminal to have been aided by other individuals.

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