Help me answer this question.

 

A footballer is known ...................... a lot of money.

a) to making 

b) to be making

c) to be made

d) to have been making

 

According to what I know, this passive form is followed by be either ( to + infinitive ) or ( to + have + past participle ). ( b) and ( d) seem to be the progressive forms of these two forms. Which one should I choose?

 

Thanks for your help.

 

P.S. the source of this question is an outside book called "The Best".

Original Post

Yama,

I would say that the best choice, grammatically speaking, is:

e: to make

I say "grammatically speaking" because not all footballers make a lot of money.

You are correct when you say

[T]his passive form is followed by either ( to + infinitive ) or ( to + have + past participle ). ( b) and ( d) seem to be the progressive forms of these two forms.

Strictly speaking, (b) and (d) are grammatically correct, and (a) and (c) are not.  Also, strictly speaking, this is correct:

f: to have made

However, I don't like (b), (d), or (f) unless the framing sentence is reworded to make it clear that a specific footballer is being referred to.

Again, I thank you for citing your source.  I think the "model answer" is (b), even though I disagree with it in this context.

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