Take a look at this example :

Henry said a subject did something

Now if I use the passive voice to report this, it can go like :

The subject was said to do something

But I want to add that Henry is the reporter, should I add "by Henry" after the reported verb or at the end of the sentence ?

  • Both are grammatically correct. I prefer "The subject was said by Henry to do something." only because it avoids the ambiguity that maybe the subject was doing something by Henry. – smatterer Oct 27 '17 at 1:26

Either one works, but the first one sounds better to my native ear; however, we normally drop the "by Henry" part in speech when it can be assumed who said it.

"John was said by Henry to do something."


"John was said to do something by Henry."

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