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    Default HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    FIRST QUESTION
    It has been a busy weekend.
    It had been a busy weekend.

    What are the differences between this two sentences?

    SECOND QUESTION

    Finally, I had the time to read the book which you had lent to me earlier. (I read the book last week and I'm saying the foregoing sentence to a guy whom lent me a book last week.)

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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    The first sentence is dealing in the present and in the first person. It can either stand by itself, or be the prelude to something else in the present or the future; for example, "It has been a busy weekend, but I am feeling very well rested".
    The first sentence deals with the past, and not in the first person. It would not normally stand by itself, but would normally be the prelude to something else in the past; for example, "It had been a busy weekend, and Jack was exhausted".

    You haven't actually asked a Second Question,but I would express the sentence as "Finally, I had the time to read the book which you had lent to me earlier".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    THANKS A LOT GRUMPY....SO IF IM USING HAS BEEN, IT MEANS THE WEEKEND DOES NOT END YET?[DOES IT MEAN I MUST SAY IT ON SAT OR SUN? (THE SAME WEEKEND)]
    BUT IF IM USING HAD BEEN, I MUST SAY IT AFTER SAT & SUN? AND WE CANT USE IT IN THE FIRST PERSON? EXP:
    It had been a busy weekend, so I had no time to go to Jen's wedding dinner.

    I HAVE ANOTHER THING TO ASK YOU, USUALLY WE WILL SAY THANKS FOR THE DRINK OR THANKS FOR THE DRINKS? (AFTER SOMEONE HAS BOUGHT AND TREATED YOU A CUP OF TEA)
    Last edited by mr alfred; 16-Nov-2012 at 17:10.

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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    Quote Originally Posted by mr alfred View Post
    THANKS A LOT GRUMPY....SO IF IM USING HAS BEEN, IT MEANS THE WEEKEND DOES NOT END YET? MAYBE IM SAYING IT ON SAT OR SUN?BUT IF IM USING HAD BEEN, I MUST BE SAYING IT AFTER SAT & SUN?

    I HAVE ANOTHER THING TO ASK YOU, USUALLY WE WILL SAY THANKS FOR THE DRINK OR THANKS FOR THE DRINKS? (AFTER SOMEONE HAS BOUGHT AND TREATED YOU A CUP OF TEA)
    Please do not post all the words in capital letters - it's the online equivalent of shouting.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 16-Nov-2012 at 17:14.

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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    Noted.

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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    "Has been" is suitable toward the end of the weekend, but before it's over. Say, Sunday evening.
    On Saturday night you could say "It's been a busy weekend so far."

    Please start a new thread for the question you asked in post #3. Threads get very confusing when multiple, unrelated questions are asked.
    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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    Default Re: HAS BEEN or HAD BEEN (HELP)

    Noted. Thanks a lot Barb_D. I will start a new thread for the new question.

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