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1) The first person to have got shot by the police was Firoz, a 16-year-old boy who was playing cricket at the beach. Media had released visuals showing Firoz being dragged away from the site by the police.

2) The first person to have got shot by the police was Firoz, a 16-year-old boy who was playing cricket at the beach. Media had released visuals showing Firoz to be dragged away from the site by the police.

Dear Sir

Which sentence is correct and why such sentences are being used?

Last edited by Former Member
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Hi, Grammar Man,

@Former Member posted:

1) The first person to have got shot by the police was Firoz, a 16-year-old boy who was playing cricket at the beach. Media had released visuals showing Firoz being dragged away from the site by the police.

2) The first person to have got shot by the police was Firoz, a 16-year-old boy who was playing cricket at the beach. Media had released visuals showing Firoz to be dragged away from the site by the police.

Only (1) is correct. "Being dragged" refers to the moment recorded and shown by the media.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

Present participial clauses are equivalent to relative clauses:

- The person being dragged away from the site by the police is Firoz =  The person who is being dragged away from the site by the police is Firoz.

- The person being dragged away from the site by the police was Firoz =  The person who was being dragged away from the site by the police was Firoz.

@Former Member posted:

Media had released visuals showing Firoz being dragged away from the site by the police.

With the verb "show," which in this case is used to describe a situation, a more accurate paraphrase would be:

- Media had released visuals showing Firoz as he was being dragged away from the site by the police.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

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