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Amid criticism that the council has been failing to take a proactive role in policing the profession, especially its public sector, Lieh Mak said it had recently had it clearly confirmed in a legal case that it had the power to investigate doctors' misconduct even when there had not been a direct public complaint

May I kindly know what kind of structure in the underline part are using ?
I guess inversion is being used, but it is a little bit different from common inversion structure .

Thanks a lot

Zeta
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My guess is that he is trying to use inversion but messing it up. It would seem to be an effort to say something like, " it has recently been clearly confirmed."
There is no true inversion involved (as in forming a question), although you may consider some of the movements of constituents to be inversions.
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First, let's disambiguate the pronouns that refer to the council.

He said that the council had recently had it confirmed that the council had the power (to investigate).

The basic sentence is:

The fact that the council had the power was confirmed.
(This is simply the passive form of (Somebody) confirmed (the fact) that the council had the power.)

This can be stated more simply as:

That the council had the power was confirmed.

Inserting "dummy it" and post-posing the clausal subject, we get:

It was confirmed that the council had the power.

But the council itself arranged for this to be confirmed, so we can express this with "causative have":

The council had it confirmed that the council had the power.

But this happened before L.M. said it, so the verb goes in the past perfect:

(He said that) the council had had it confirmed that the council had the power.

Adding the adverbs gives:

... the council had recently had it clearly confirmed that the council had the power.

Inserting the pronoun it for the council:

... it had recently had it clearly confirmed that it had the power ...

CJ
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Really thanks CalifJi.

It is so great that u showed how the complex structure comes from in such details.

One more thing I would like to ask. In below setence, what does "confirmed" act as ?
adjective? verb?

The council had it confirmed that the council had the power.

Zeta
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ZetaCEReally thanks CalifJi.

It is so great that u showed how the complex structure comes from in such details.

One more thing I would like to ask. In below setence, what does "confirmed" act as ?

adjective? verb?

The council had it confirmed that the council had the power.

Zeta


One more thing I would like to ask. In below setence, what does "confirmed" act as ?
adjective? verb?

The council had it confirmed that the council had the power.

I await somebody who has the correct answer, but in the meantime...

I wonder what "had it confirmed" is called. My guess is the finite verb phrase or somthing like that, with "had confirmed" as the verb and "it" maybe a modifier or the noun object of "had" in the phrase?
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CalifJim
The fact that the council had the power was confirmed.
(This is simply the passive form of (Somebody) confirmed (the fact) that the council had the power.)


As CJ says, it's passive. They did something that caused (Somebody) to confirm the facts in question.
ZetaCEwhat does "confirmed" act as ?
It is the past participle of the verb confirm, thus suggesting passive voice.

The verb form confirmed is simply a part of the bigger 'causative construction with have'. Note the past participles in the following causative constructions:

The judge had the criminal taken to prison.
The senate is going to have the law revised.
We had the car towed to the repair shop.

The active form of this construction uses the bare infinitive, thus:

The judge had the police take the criminal to prison.
The senate is going to have the legal assistants revise the law.
We had the mechanic tow the car to the repair shop.

You may paraphrase these as follows:

The judge arranged for the criminal to be taken to prison.
The judge arranged for the police to take the criminal to prison.

CJ