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I think I couldn't understand what would it mean/imply if I change tenses in this sentence..

Does they make any sense or are they grammatically correct?

"The earth was believed to be flat "

"The earth was believed to was flat "

"The earth was believed to have been flat "

"The earth is believed to be flat " (People think the Eath is still flat? )

"The earth is believed to was flat "

"The earth is believed to have been flat "

Thanks

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The earth was believed to be flat. - People thought "The earth is flat".

The earth was believed to was flat. - Ungrammatical

The earth was believed to have been flat - People thought "The earth was / used to be flat".

The earth is believed to be flat. - People think "The earth is flat".

The earth is believed to was flat. - Ungrammatical

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There is no form 'to was' in English.

  • @ tunny Thank you for your answer.It helps a lot me to figure out what could they mean. "The earth is believed to have been flat " implies people still think that it is true the earth was flat many years ago but not anymore? – Mrt Nov 13 '14 at 0:22
  • @Murat. You are right. – tunny Nov 13 '14 at 0:28

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