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    #1

    Post was asked/ has been asked

    What is the difference between the two?

    He was the one who has been asked to come.


    He was the one who was asked to come.



    When can I use the first and the second one?

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    #2

    Re: was asked/ has been asked

    Present Perfect Passive
    He was the one who has been asked to come.


    Simple Past Passive
    He was the one who was asked to come.

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    Re: was asked/ has been asked

    Sentence #1: If "he was the one", he is no longer the one, and if he "has been asked", the invitation is still outstanding. The sentence is contradictory. The sentence should read, "He was the one who had been asked to come". Therefore, he is no longer the one who is invited and the invitation is no longer valid. Sentence #2 is OK as is and both have the same meaning with the revision to #1.

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    Re: was asked/ has been asked

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    What is the difference between the two?

    He was the one who has been asked to come.
    He was the one who was asked to come.

    When can I use the first and the second one?
    I would only use "was the one" if he is no longer living.

    1) He was the one who had been asked to come.
    2) He was the one who was asked to come. (same meaning as the sentence immediately above)

    If he is still living, I would use 'is the one'.

    3) He is the one who has been asked to come.
    4) He is the one who was asked to come. (same meaning as the sentence immediately above)

    If the invitation is no longer in effect, I would say 5) 'He is the one who had been asked to come.'

    6) He is the one who (had been)(was) asked to come.
    (said after the fact) That is, two or more people came even though only one was asked to come.
    Last edited by 2006; 19-Mar-2010 at 03:31. Reason: adding last sentence.

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