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    Tense

    Is this correct?

    It is been done.

    I know "It has been done" is correct.

    Can we use "is" and "been" simultaneously.

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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Is this correct?

    It is been done.

    I know "It has been done" is correct.

    Can we use "is" and "been" simultaneously.
    No.
    You can say, "It is being done".

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    Re: Tense

    correct forms of "to be done"
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    It is done.
    It is being done.
    It was done.
    It has been done.
    It had been done.

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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    correct forms of "to be done"
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    It is done.
    It is being done.
    It was done.
    It has been done.
    It had been done.
    So, what I understand is that you cannot use "is" and "been" together.

    Am I correct?

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    Re: Tense

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "Is" and "has/had been" are inflected forms of "to be". So they don't exist at the same time for the same function. But the below is not the same as what I mentioned above.

    What has been is of no importance.

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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Is this correct?

    It is been done.

    I know "It has been done" is correct.

    Can we use "is" and "been" simultaneously.


    These words...is am are were was etc are called the "be auxiliary" and any of them can go with "being"...is being,am being,was being etc.However,only has,have and had(the have auxiliary)can go with 'been"

    Note:Always be mindful of polysemous contractions ie contractions capable of more that one interpretation.eg "It's" could mean either IT HAS or IT IS....It's being done...(is)...It's been done(has)

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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "Is" and "has/had been" are inflected forms of "to be". So they don't exist at the same time for the same function. But the below is not the same as what I mentioned above.

    What has been is of no importance.



    WHAT HAS BEEN can also be written as WHAT IS BEING.WHAT HAD BEEN can read WHAT WAS.This is possible because BEEN in the above example is not used as an auxiliary verb.It is lexically used....What has BEEN...the BEEN may be replaced by EXISTED,HELD,REMAINED etc...What has existed ...or...what exists

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