The man who is being interviewed...

Hi teachers,

Please look at the following

“The man who is being interviewed was suspected of arsen.” can be reduced to " The man being interviewed was suspected of arsen."

Can I say " The being interviewed man was suspected of arsen."? Does it make sense?

Thanks in advance


In my own opinion, it could be reduced to “The man being interviewed was suspected of arsen”. The other sentence “The being interviewed man was suspected of arsen” seems not correct to me.


No, “the being interviewed man” is not a good alternative, Jupiter.


Can I just say “The man interviewed was suspected of arsen.”
or in in this case I need to add “interviewed by…”?

Good morning, Tamara :smiley:

In your example, the interview would be finished. In Jupiter’s example, the interview is happening at the moment. (i.e., different meaning)

You don’t need the word by unless you want to say who conducted the interview.

By the way, Jupiter, the correct spelling is “arson”.


Good morning, Amy.
My dog is an early bird :slight_smile:

Thank you for the answer.

Oh, yes. Quite usual for me – to have copied without thinking…

By the way, when I hear the pattern ’ is charged with (…murder, arson, whatever) – the preposition used seems to me rather strange and unnatural. Why with?..

Hi Tamara,

Charged with suggests charged with the crime of. Consider also arrested for, accused of


Good morning to your dog, too, then. Both of my cats are late risers. In fact, they hardly ever rise at all. :lol:

The word with is simply the preposition you need in combination with charge in order to state that someone is accused of having done a certain crime.

I don’t think there is a better explanation than that. Sorry. :frowning: