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    1." he has gone" and "he is gone" do they express the same meaning?

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    Re: what is the difference between the two sentences

    Try Has gone vs. is gone - WordReference Forums

    (Note the link in the penultimate post.)

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    Re: what is the difference between the two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by indranil View Post
    1." he has gone" and "he is gone" do they express the same meaning?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Indranil,


    (1) Birdeen's Call has given us an excellent link (especially the link

    in the next-to-last post).

    (2) This is how Professor George O. Curme explains it:

    (a) A long time ago, transitive verbs (those with an object)

    were written like this: I have the letter written. Then it was changed to:

    I have written the letter. And that's how we got two new tenses:

    the present (and past) perfect.

    (b) In your sentence, go is intransitive. That is, it usually does not

    take an object. According to Professor Curme, intransitive verbs

    did not change so fast. People used to say: The tree is fallen. Later it

    became: The tree has fallen.

    Professor Curme gives an example that is similar to yours:

    The messenger is/has gone.

    Birdeen's Call's links say that nowadays a sentence such as "The

    messenger is gone" would involve the past participle being used as

    as an adjective. Professor Curme agrees.

    The bottom line: Yes, your two sentences mean about the same.

    Since you are a learner and want to speak "modern" English, you

    should probably stay with "He has gone."

    Professor George O. Curme's two-volume masterpiece is entitled

    A Grammar of the English Language.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    P. S. Of course, some people feel that the older form is more

    elegant. For example, our famous President Abraham Lincoln, when

    dedicating a cemetery filled with the graves of soldiers who had

    been killed in our Civil War, included these words:

    "We are met on a great battlefield of that war."

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