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    active and passive about "been"

    is "have been" an active form? if it is , so is it "have bee been" its passive form?


    ex: i have been to china
    i have been been to china

    what's the difference between both of them?

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    Re: active and passive about "been"

    Quote Originally Posted by endeavor6636
    is "have been" an active form? if it is , so is it "have bee been" its passive form?
    ex: i have been to china
    i have been been to china
    what's the difference between both of them?

    I have been to China. [ it means I was in China and got back] -active construction

    The second sentence is not grammatically correct. As far as I know ,this construction does not exist.Where have you found it?


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    the first one is correct and means that sometime in the past, you were in china and now, at present time, you are at your own country or some where else but not in china.
    the second one desn't seen correct.

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    Re: active and passive about "been"

    thanks for clarify that , but is there something like "have been been" ? in english?

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    Re: active and passive about "been"

    Quote Originally Posted by endeavor6636
    thanks for clarify that , but is there something like "have been been" ? in english?
    No "have been been" is impossible.

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    the longest form of verb you can use is (have+been+verb+ing)
    e.g:
    i have been doing my homework when ...

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    Re: active and passive about "been"

    How about, "I might have been being rude"? (as a double to be construction) This sounds slightly awkward to me, but I can't find a grammatical error in it, and the meaning is subtly different than, "I might have been rude."

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    i don't think this form is correct. i think it's tooo long to be a correct verb

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    Re: active and passive about "been"

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner
    How about, "I might have been being rude"? (as a double to be construction) This sounds slightly awkward to me, but I can't find a grammatical error in it, and the meaning is subtly different than, "I might have been rude."
    I agree it is awkward - but it is perfectly correct grammatically. It is using the continuous to talk about something in progress in the past, while "I might have been" talks about something finished in the past. It is also a construction that I hear regularly from native English speakers.

    Long verb structures? How about "By tomorrow I will not have been smoking for a year."

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