When I was reading a book I notice something weird to me:

Warren Buffett is quoted as saying,

Why the author use "is" after that the verb "quoted" with the past participle? I think the "is" wrong he should write the sentence without "is" because the "is" in past participle:

Warren Buffett quoted as saying.

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    BE + past participle expresses the passive voice. Oct 22, 2015 at 22:25
  • Also note that the sentence would lack a main verb if you removed is. (Verbs in the cited quotation, implied in your question, don't count.) Oct 23, 2015 at 19:39

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This is passive, Warren Buffet didn't quote: Warren Buffet is being quoted (currently and passively, by someone else) as saying something.

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