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I have a doubt in "to be working". And can I use "to be worked" instead of "to be working"? I'd like to know the exact difference in meaning between them? Please help me...

Here's the example sentence:

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government recently penetrated the White House’s unclassified computer networks.

  • Where did you find it? Any reference? he was thought to be... seems correct. – Maulik V Oct 30 '14 at 6:14
  • Yes, Aravind, please provide a full sentence. You could strip it of all the sensitive information, we need only a generic guide to understand the role of the construction you're uncertain about. – CowperKettle Oct 30 '14 at 6:32
  • "Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government recently penetrated the White House’s unclassified computer networks."This is the full sentence.... – Aravind Aran Oct 30 '14 at 6:41
  • In this example, "Crackers" is the correct term, not "Hackers". – Jasper Oct 30 '14 at 16:02
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Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government recently penetrated the White House’s unclassified computer networks.

Hackers, thought to be working for the Russian government, recently penetrated the White House’s unclassified computer networks.

Both of these are possible. The clauses in bold can be understood as reduced forms of "who are thought to be working for the Russian government". The first is a defining clause, the second a non-defining clause.

Hackers thought to be worked for the Russian government recently penetrated the White House’s unclassified computer networks. This is not possible. In this context, 'work' is intransitive, and can have no passive form.

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  • +1, nice answer. However the OP would like to know if thought to be worked is valid English. – Lucian Sava Oct 30 '14 at 7:30
  • @Lucian Sava : It might be can used as 'to be worked' because it is Russia. – Carter Oct 30 '14 at 7:31
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    @Lucian, Sure, "thought to be worked" can certainly be grammatical English: "The archeologists discovered several artifacts. The smooth, round stones are thought to be worked, but since they were found on a dried riverbed, more analysis is needed for a conclusive determination". Or, "The stones, thought to be worked, were found on the steppes of Tunisia", or whatever. – Dan Bron Oct 30 '14 at 10:11
  • @ Lucian Save (first comment). Good point. I have added a note on this to my answer. – tunny Oct 30 '14 at 14:57

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