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Hi Would you tell me which one is more natural? 1- I was informed our company has hired a new guy. 2- I HAVE BEEN informed our company has hired a new guy.
Nov 9, 2021 2:53 PM
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for me the second one, I would use this in a natural speech. The first one sounds a little formal for me.
November 9, 2021
they are both natural, but they are used for separate purposes. 1) I was informed our company has hired a new guy: you say this if you are arguing with someone or complaining to someone, or analyzing something, and you are saying where your point of view came from, and that it may not be true. Also, be aware, when you when you use the word "I was informed" instead of "I heard" it means that you found out something in a way that is not casual, or that you do not think about in a casual way. The use of the word "informed" is formal and the use of the word "guy" is casual, so the sentence shows that you feel in control of the information, even though you are speaking in a casual way, sort of like when a policeman says "at approximately 13:45 we apprehended the m#[email protected]@&r." 2) I have been informed our company has hired a new guy: you say this if this has just now happened, and that the information is true and the purpose is to inform other people as well.
November 14, 2021
Depends on context. For an English exam: Monday, I was informed (that) our company ... [simple past in passive voice] Recently, I have been informed (that) our company ... [present perfect in passive voice] Casual American English: Monday, I was informed (that) our company ... Recently, I was informed (that) our company ... Casual American English: Teacher / Manager / Parent - about to scold somebody I have been informed (that you did something wrong).
November 9, 2021
Normally 2, but it depends on the context. If the specific time when the information was given has already been mentioned, then 1. e.g. "I had a meeting with our CEO and several of the other directors on Tuesday. I was surprised by what they told me. I was informed our company has hired a new technical expert." Note that "informed" is quite formal and "guy" is quite colloquial so there is an inconsistency in levels of formality in your exampes.
November 10, 2021
I think it is NO2
November 10, 2021
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