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Which one(s) is / are correct?

Many Egypt’s ruins are unfortunately being destroyed by the very people who ---- hired to fix them.

A) were

B) have been

C) are
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Hi,

Which one(s) is / are correct?



Many of Egypt’s ruins are unfortunately being destroyed by the very people who ---- hired to fix them.

A) were


B) have been

C) are



Definitely B. But, after hesitation, I'd consider A to be acceptable, and even C at a stretch.
Clive
Is A not possible at all?
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Hi,

Please read again. You caught me while I was changing my answer!

Clive
thank you Clive.
I think I'd choose A, B, and C, in that order.

MrP
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MrPedanticI think I'd choose A, B, and C, in that order.

MrP

For me: B, A, C.
The monument is being built by some workers.

This is an ongoing activity. So the B alternative is correct.

What is the reason for accepting 'were' ? It is the past tense; so doesn't refer to an ongoing activity.
Hi,

What is the reason for accepting 'were' ? It is the past tense; so doesn't refer to an ongoing activity.


It doesn't necessarily have to refer to an ongoing activity. who were hired to fix them can just be taken as a clause describing people. It's just remarking that they were hired in the past.

Best wishes, Clive
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