I have a question about using present tenses; would it be said that:

  1. Robots are being developed

  2. Robots are developed

I would say it is present progressive because the process is not finished and robots might fail and need to be rebuilt...etc. Am I correct?

  • 1
    The question lacks context. But "Robots are developed" is a fragment sentence, it lacks a location (here/in China) or an agent (by humans/hand/scientist).
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 29, 2018 at 16:28
  • To me, "are being developed" suggests the action of developing them continues, it's a work in progress. "are developed" could mean the development is over. "These robots are/were/have been developed by CompanyX".
    – CristianC
    Feb 25, 2023 at 10:33

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The correct answer to your question may be dependent on what you would like to express by using different tenses.

If you want to say that a robot is assembled and is in its final form (either mechanically or technically), then you can say (as much as it expresses the result) that Robots are developed.

However, there is another alternative, which emphasises the incompletedness of the robots' development: Robots are being developed. This means that they are still under a certain type of construction and it will take a while to come up with the final product.

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