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    Has Been Died

    Hi,

    I would appriciate if someone can help me correct following sentences and let me know their meaning as well.

    1. Bob has been died in his hotel room.
    2. He has been gone.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Furrukh Baig

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    Re: Has Been Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Furrukh View Post
    Hi,

    I would appriciate if someone can help me correct following sentences and let me know their meaning as well.

    1. Bob has been died in his hotel room.
    2. He has been gone.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Furrukh Baig
    1. Bob died in his hotel room.
    1. Bod has been found dead in his hotel room.
    2. He's gone.(and he hasn't come back)
    2. He has been to England.(but he has come back)

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    Re: Has Been Died

    Thanks for your reply.

    Can you please explain why the above mentioned sentences are not correct ?

    Many thanks,
    Furrukh baig

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    Re: Has Been Died

    The present perfect (HAVE + past participle) expresses a continuum of time that started at some unknown time in the past and goes all the way up to now, the present time of speaking.

    There are two problems with the first sentence. One is major, the other is minor. They are (i) form, and (ii) meaning.

    1. Bob has been died in his hotel room.

    The first problem. The past participle been requires an adjective. Our example sentence above has been died. Died is a verb. What you need is its adjectival form, dead:

    1a. Bob has been dead in his hotel room.

    The second problem. On its own, has been dead is awkward. It requires context, such as, say, a time:

    1b. Bob has been dead in his hotel room for three days.

    The same holds true for example sentence 2. He has been gone.

    2a. He has been gone for three days.

    Note, however, if 2a. is about Bob, then don't add a time, and, use a simple tense, is gone. Simple tenses express statements of fact, and is gone is another way of saying is dead:

    2b. Bob is gone.

    In other words, Bob is dead.

    In short,

    1b. Bob has been dead in his hotel room for three days.
    2b. He is gone.

    Poor Bob. May he rest in peace.

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    Re: Has Been Died

    Hi, Casiopea!
    Does it make a good sense when you say "Bob has been dead in his hotel room"? I'd say "Bob has been found dead" though I don't think your sentence is wrong. And what about "He has been gone for three days?" I'd say" He has been away for three days". Again I don't consider your variant incoorect.

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    Re: Has Been Died

    The two differ in meaning:

    [1] He was found dead.
    <someone knows about it>

    [2] He was dead.
    <no one knows about it; it's a screen shot from a movie; he hasn't been found yet>

    Gone can mean dead or away.

    All the best.

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    Re: Has Been Died

    The right structure can accept" He has died...", but its meaning is still nonsense!?

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    Re: Has Been Died

    Note also, another euphemism for 'he died', apart from 'he's gone', is 'he's passed away'.

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    Re: Has Been Died

    Hi Guys,

    Can we use verb "to die" with passive voice? If we can then can we say that "Bob has been died" is a passive voice of Present Perfect tense?

    Regards,

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    No, you can't say 'he has been died'. You could say 'he has been killed'.

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