Complete the given news item.
1. Mehdi Biswas, a 24 year old man working for a multinational company, ………………. on Saturday on charges of being the voice of ISIS on Twitter.
a) is arrested
b) was arrested
c) had arrested
d) have been arrested
e) has arrested
Answer: b) was arrested
Option a) is arrested
The simple present tense is not used to talk about something that happened in the past.
Option b) was arrested
‘Was arrested’ is the passive form of the active verb ‘arrested’. We use the simple past tense to say that something happened in the past.
Option c) had arrested
The verb ‘had arrested’ is in the active voice, but we require a passive verb here because Mehdi Biswas didn’t do anything. Something was done to him – he was arrested.
Option d) have been arrested
‘Have been arrested’ is the passive form of the active verb ‘have arrested’. We do not use the present perfect tense when we say when something took place.
Option e) has arrested
We do not use the present perfect tense when we say when something took place.