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    I have been inherited this desease

    Is this sentence correct?

    I have been inherited this desease from my father.

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "Been" is not needed in this sentence.
    Neither is "have".

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

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    Neither is "have".
    I don't think so.
    With "Inherited", we can't make sure "I" have whether this disease or not at the present. And with "have inherited", we can be sure that "I" am having this disease.(this disease has not been cured).
    Am I right ?
    Thank you very much !

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Doctor: You have xxxx (name of disease).
    Patient: Oh no. How did I get it?
    Doctor: You inherited it from your father.

    Doctor: I'm sorry. You have inherited a terrible disease.
    Patient: What?! Who did I inherit it from?
    Doctor: You probably inherited it from your father.

    As you can see from the examples, "inherited" and "have inherited" can both be used depending on context. The nature/longevity/curable nature of the illness don't make any difference.

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Doctor: You have xxxx (name of disease).
    Patient: Oh no. How did I get it?
    Doctor: You inherited it from your father.

    Doctor: I'm sorry. You have inherited a terrible disease.
    Patient: What?! Who did I inherit it from?
    Doctor: You probably inherited it from your father.

    As you can see from the examples, "inherited" and "have inherited" can both be used depending on context. The nature/longevity/curable nature of the illness don't make any difference. So why add "have"?
    I'm not convinced at all. "have" is a useless word here.

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

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    I'm not convinced at all. "have" is a useless word here.
    When would you put "inherit" in the present perfect then?

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When would you put "inherit" in the present perfect then?
    something like...
    A. Who (did you inherit)(have you inherited) the disease from?
    B. I must have inherited it from my father's family; his father had the disease.

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    something like...
    A. Who (did you inherit)(have you inherited) the disease from?
    B. I must have inherited it from my father's family; his father had the disease.
    So you would use it in the interrogative and with a modal, but not in a simple statement? Can I ask why?

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    Re: I have been inherited this desease

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    So you would use it in the interrogative and with a modal, but not in a simple statement? Can I ask why?
    Because I just don't see any reason to use it in a sentence like 'I inherited this disease from my father.' "have" adds nothing; it's just in the way.
    I would only use have when it's needed, as in 'I have lived in Spain for 3 years.'

    And the overuse and overselling of perfect tense is terribly confusing to students and leads to sentences like...

    'I have been inherited this disease....'
    'I have been at home last night.'
    'We have been grownups.'
    'I have understood.' (instead of 'I understand.')

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