Dr Anne McClaren says that the primary motive was an ethical one. When __________ about the Frozen Ark, she jokingly said: ‘I think Noah would have been proud of this project.’

I've already known that in the blank should be "inteviewed", but don't know why. My first guess was for "was interviewed" and one word for the passive form seemed weird.

  • Is that "9.6" meant to be in there? What does it mean? – SamBC Feb 3 '19 at 16:42
  • 1
    Was interviewed only makes sense if it's preceded by a noun or pronoun. Assuming that 9.6 is a mistake, and not the name of a robot or something, then was should not be there. (When she was interviewed is correct, as is when interviewed, but when was interviewed is not.) – Jason Bassford Feb 3 '19 at 18:50
  • If 9.6 is the name of an outlet, like a magazine or blog or something, the blank could be "interviewed her". – SamBC Feb 3 '19 at 20:32
  • 9.6. was a mistake, sorry, just edited it – ziolek Feb 3 '19 at 21:33
  • 9.6 is the question number. It's a multiple-choice question, and the available answers are: A) was interviewed, B) interviewed, C) interviewing, D) was interviewing. The key marks B) as the right answer. – Gary Botnovcan Feb 5 '19 at 4:33

It's a common transformation:

"When A was [verbed], (pronoun) " -> "When [verbed], A [other verb]".

It's idiomatic. There are other similar ones:

"After A was [verbed], (pronoun) [other verb]" -> "After being [verbed], A "

In a consistent grammar, those would work the same way, but they don't.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.