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 Post subject: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:26 pm 
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How should we use 'has been, had been, have been'

When referring to someone else (singular), you use 'has been'

Examples:

He has been to my house many times
She has been coming to this restaurant for 2 years
My mom has been cleaing for the last two hours
My brother has going to school for 7 years

When referring to self or others (plural), you use 'have been'

Examples:

I have been sick for the last two weeks!
They have been picking on me all year long
We have been friends for 20 years

Had Been is a little more difficult to explain in a simple way. It is a past perfect continuous. You use this when referring to a continuous, ongoing action that already happened. To keep things simple, I would use this when referring to a continuous action like thinking, waiting, or working, in the past tense.

Examples:

I had been waiting for 3 months before the girl finally called me
He had been thinking about watching a movie right before he saw a commercial for the same movie

You can also use Had been as a past form of has been.

For example:

If my sister had been diligent with her studies, she wouldn't be working for minimum wage
All the marines had been traumatized by the last war they were in

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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:36 am 
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Steve,

I am a question. Why I dont speak "He was in my house many times" instead "He has been to my house many times". What the difference?

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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:55 am 
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for answering my question. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:18 pm 
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Renata wrote:
Steve,

I am a question. Why I dont speak "He was in my house many times" instead "He has been to my house many times". What the difference?

Thanks,

Renata.


Hi Renata,

First, here is a correction to your question:

I have a question. Why don't I say, "..."
What is the difference?

Answer:

There is no difference. Both of them are grammatically correct. There are multiple ways to say many sentences.

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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
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Thanks thanks thanks, Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
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what is the use of have have, have had, had had? Can I have some examples?


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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:19 am 
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Hello salmon.
As I knew, we typically use have as a main verb, with an object to talk about common actions .For example Have breakfast/lunch, / a shower /a bath etc.
We use present perfect tense when we want to connect the present with the past in some way.

Have, had /has had

Have they had their breakfast yet?
They have had a glass of apple juice but they have not had anything to eat yet.
I have had a headache since every morning.
He has had common cold every summer since he was 13.

Had had

Had had is the past perfect form of have.
For example: After I had had a good night sleep, I felt much better.
If he hadn't had a good education, he would never have got this job.

But I haven’t had heard about the use of have have.
thanks
Note:please steve correct me if Iam wrong


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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:15 pm 
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Excellent job saru!

Only one correction to your sentence:

"But I haven’t had heard about the use of have have."

It should say, "But I haven't heard about the use of have have."

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 Post subject: Re: Has been, had been, have been
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Past /Present Perfect Continuous tense

Present perfect continuous Tense – has been/have been
Past Perfect Continuous Tense – had been



Joyce has been reading for two hours.
This means she started reading two hours ago and is still continuing to read.

We use 'has been/have been' for an action which began in the past and is still continuing.

Joyce: "I have been reading for two hours. I need a rest now."

We use 'has been/have been' for an action which began in the past and is just completed.



The boys have been playing hockey for about an hour when it started to rain.

We use 'had been' for an action which began in the past and did not continue/did not just complete/something else happened.

He said that he had been writing for the last half hour.

We use 'had been' to replace 'has been/have been' in indirect speech. (Indirect speech – he said that, Joyce said that….).
We use 'has/have been' to say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. You cannot use 'has/have been' with yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day, etc. We can use 'has/have been' with unspecific expressions such as: ever, never, once, many times, several times, so far, already, yet, the past year, this week.

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