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Another important trend has been to reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing.

Is it correct/complete sentence? My question is about *Another important trend has been???? * If I cut out the adjunct To reduce the number of platforms used for car models, as Japanese producer have long been doing from the sentence, the main sentance would be Another important trend has been Is it a complete sentence? Isn't it passive sense?? If It's a passive sentence, after *Has been * whether something is required or not??

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  • I find the meaning behind that sentence slightly odd. If something has been happening for a long time, then it can't really be considered a trend, since that's normally something in the short-term—unless you're looking at a progression rather than a simple yes/no. (For example, it would make more sense to say as Japanese producers have increasingly been doing for a long time. In other words, it's not a short-term thing, but there's a steadily increasing trend. (If you were to graph it, a line would go roughly from the bottom left to the top right.) Feb 21, 2019 at 7:29

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You are not correctly identifying an adjunct. The sentence parses initially as:

(Another important trend) has been (to reduce the number of platforms used for car models), (as Japanese producers have long been doing).

The principal verb is has been, and the infinitive clause is the object/complement. "Another important trend" is the subject.

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