I'm preparing for exam. And there's an interesting question for which I don't know the correct answer.

Then the bottles ... into boxes of twenty four.

A) are packed

B) packed

C) will packed

D) are been packed

C is not correct. It should be sth like 'will be packed'. B is not correct because of lack of verb to be. There're 2 options left. Both in Present tense. And I don't know which one should I choose. Thanks for any advice!

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    D is ungrammatical. BE can be an auxiliary for continuous constructions or for the passive. The continuous one is followed by an -ing form, the passive one by a past participle. The passive BE always appears last. The auxiliary always determines the form of the verb that comes afterwards. So D) should be are being packed in order to be grammatical. Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 15:51
  • The answer is A, it is the only correct answer. Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 2:25
  • See passive conjugation in: english.stackexchange.com/questions/295015/…
    – rogermue
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 5:31

2 Answers 2


There is no valid English tense which is {form of to be} + {past participle} + {another past participle}.

So are been packed is wrong.


It depends on the context of your previous sentences of the overall action preformed. If someone performing packing of the bottles then use D):

Then the bottles are been packed into boxes of twenty four

NOTE: As @WS2 pointed out, this would not make grammatically correct structure. It would be more like this to be grammatically correct:

The bottles have been packed into boxes of twenty four

...and therefore is not an option to use.

That leaves only one option A:

Then the bottles are packed into boxes of twenty four

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    The first sentence is not grammatical. The only one which produces a grammatical answer is A. Then the bottles are packed into boxes of 24.
    – WS2
    Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 15:45

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