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Dear all,

I would like to know which of the following expressions is correct according to context. Kindly tell me the difference in meaning between two.

1) The guys who robbed the bank last year have finally arrested.

2) The guys who robbed the bank last year are finally arrested.


Thank you.

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cat navy 4251) The guys who robbed the bank last year have finally been arrested.
2) The guys who robbed the bank last year are finally arrested.

"guys" is informal, and would restrict the context in that respect. Apart from this:

(1) is the normal way of saying this when describing recent a past event.

(2) is more "in the present"; it could be used e.g. in commentary, a picture caption, a news announcement.

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Active voice >>> The police arrested Tom.

Passive voice >>> Tom was arrested (by the police).


1) The guys who robbed the bank last year have finally been arrested (by the police). They were arrested in the past. They are probably in jail now.

2) The guys who robbed the bank last year are finally arrested. This is a correct Passive Voice sentence. But the use of the Present Tense makes the sentence sound like it is describing a photograph in a newspaper that shows the police handcuffing the robber.)

Clive

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