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    rfmt1001 Guest

    Question Has been, have been, and were

    How would has been, have been and were be used properly in a sentence. I always get confused. For example, "The following wires _____? faxed to UBOC this morning." Which one would be best?

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    'Were faxed', because you have mentioned a specific past point in time, 'this morning'. If it is still morning, however, you might opt for 'have been faxed'.

    Not 'has been' because the subject is the plural 'wires'.

    Googling 'verb tenses' will get you several sites that explain the various uses in detail.
    Last edited by Mister Micawber; 26-Feb-2005 at 03:46.

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    were is correct answer.....:)

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    Do you suppose you could supply some sort of reason for your fiat, BC?

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    Thank you for your thorough explanation and Google reference.

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Do you suppose you could supply some sort of reason for your fiat, BC?
    What does fiat, BC mean?

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    Re: Has been, have been, and were

    I choose were to, but I always second-guess myself, because I'm not comfortable with my English proficiency. Thank you for your help.

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