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    have been born or was born

    Hi,

    please let me know which sentence is correct:

    1) I have been born in delhi

    2) I was born in Delhi

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    Re: have been born or was born

    Hi,
    The second one.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: have been born or was born

    Quote Originally Posted by princesabharwal View Post
    Hi,

    please let me know which sentence is correct:

    1) I have been born in delhi

    2) I was born in Delhi

    Regards

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    Hi,
    'Have been' shows the cotinuity of action from a mentioned point of time(between two points of time) e.g.
    "I have been ill for a week"
    Being born shows no continuity of action.It just shows an action at one point of time.hence "I was born in delhi"

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    Re: have been born or was born

    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    Being born shows no continuity of action.It just shows an action at one point of time.hence "I was born in delhi"
    That night, right before our eyes, a star was being born, and we still deem ourselves lucky to witness such a great event.

    Well, time is relative, and luckily there was someone called Einstein.

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    Re: have been born or was born

    She was born in Delhi. There is no alternative. The present perfect is not an option. We can also see a baby being born (present continuous,) as Einstein saw a star being born (past continuous.)
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