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    Could anyone tell me the technical reason why we can't use "died" in passive voice? If "he has died" is correct gramatically then why can't we use "he has been died".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mateen View Post
    Could anyone tell me the technical reason why we can't use "died" in passive voice? If "he has died" is correct gramatically then why can't we use "he has been died".
    The verb "to die" doesn't take an object and that's why you can't use it in the passive voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    No, you can't say 'he has been died'. You could say 'he has been killed'.
    Why do you think so ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mateen View Post
    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,
    yes Present Perfect Passive Tense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Why do you think so ?
    As Harry Smith mentioned, died is not a transitive verb. It doesn't have a grammatical object, one to topicalize, which passive voice requires:

    Active voice: The VJ killed the song.
    Passive voice: The song was killed (by the VJ).

    Active voice: The VJ died.
    Passive voice: was died (by the VJ).

    Now, the problem with our example sentence below is the word died. It's the right meaning in the sense, no longer living, but it's the wrong grammatical form.

    Ex: The man has been died.
    Ex: The man has been dead.

    Died is a verb and, in English, there can be only one main verb, or rather one tense-carrying verb per simple sentence. The main verb is has. It carries the tense and it takes the past participle been as its object, and that word, in turn, takes dead, and adjective.

    In short, BE + dead (adjective), not BE + died (verb).

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mateen View Post
    If "he has died" is correct gramatically then why can't we use "he has been died".
    First, died is both a past tense form and a past participle form:

    present: die
    past: died
    participle: died
    adjective: dead

    Second, the verb to die is not transitive, so it won't work in passive voice.

    Third, been of has been takes an adjective, not a verb. That's why has been died is ungrammatical and has been dead is grammatical.

    All the best.

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    Thanks for excellent explanation. It's clear now that the verbs that don't take objective are intransitive verb and we can't make passive of intransitive verbs. But "to go" is also an intransitive verb and we used it as "He has been gone". Is this incorrect form or this is not a passsive voice and here "gone" is being used as adjective not verb?

    Thanks in advance.

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    In the sentence "He has been gone...." has is the verb, and gone is an adjective indicating a state of being. (Note the ellipses.)

    ~R

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    Thanks mate....all is crystal clear now.

    ~~theek he sohail, ab bhi bol dey ye sab jahil hain:D~~

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    Has been dying fix the clue?

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