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    Hi,

    I hope somebody might be able to help me!

    I am new to the forum and have a question. I am an English Trainer and one of students asked for a list of verbs in English that take either to be or to have.

    I know in foreign languages that they have a list but I don't ever recall seeing one for English.

    Does anyone know of a link or have a list of verbs that take to be vs. to have

    Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

    Suzy Q

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    Re: List of To be to Have Verbs in English

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    Welcome to UsingEnglish, Suzy-- but I am sorry to say I don't understand your request. To be gone vs to have gone?-- that hardly seems likely to be your concern.

    Could you give us an example?
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    Re: List of To be to Have Verbs in English

    Hi Mister M in Yokohama:

    I am sorry for being unclear.

    I will try again to explain:

    In German and other languages they have usually lists of verbs that use the auxilliary verb tobe or to have. i.e. Ich habe gelernt (in German). In English, I studied or Ich bin gegangen ( I went/left).

    There are lists of verbs that always take sein (to be) or Haben (to have) plus the past participle.

    I am not sure if I can apply this to English too.

    My student is having a hard time trying to decide when she should the verb to be+ participle and to have+ participle.

    Does anyone have any tricks or list that I could give to my student?

    Thanks a lot.

    Suzy Q

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    Re: List of To be to Have Verbs in English

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    Essentially all verbs take both:

    Be + present participle to form the progressive: I am going.
    Be + past participle to form the passive: I am eaten by mosquitos.
    Be + past participle to form adjective complements: I am tired.
    Have + past participle to form perfect aspects: I have/had eaten.

    There are exceptions of course; intransitive verbs do not form passive voice, and some static verbs do not normally appear in continuous forms. Perhaps you would be better to make a list of these exceptions. There should be some sections on these in your grammar book.
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