Hi, Wael Shaltoot,

You can say:

1) Jack was reported to be ill last week. (Last week there was a report claiming that Jack was ill = both the report and the illness occurred last week.)

2) Jack is reported to have been ill last week. (There is a report according to which Jack was ill last week = the current report refers to Jack's past illness.)

Gustavo, Contributor posted:

Hi, Wael Shaltoot,

You can say:

1) Jack was reported to be ill last week. (Last week there was a report claiming that Jack was ill = both the report and the illness occurred last week.)

2) Jack is reported to have been ill last week. (There is a report according to which Jack was ill last week = the current report refers to Jack's past illness.)

So, We can not say ................... .......           Jack was reported to have been ill last week. 

Wael Shaltoot posted:

So, We can not say ................... .......           Jack was reported to have been ill last week. 

No. For that to work, you need to indicate that the illness took place before its being reported, for example:

- Last week Jack was reported to have been ill the previous week.

or during a period of time extending up to the moment when it was reported, or up to a point in time before it was reported:

Last week Jack was reported to have been ill for a month.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor

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