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    "It is done" or "It has been done"

    Generally, when people have completed a work or task, they say "It is done".

    "It is done" is the passive form of "I do it".

    I feel that the people have to say "It has been done".Because "It has been done" is

    the possive form of "I have done it", I expect poeple to use "It has been done".

    Why do people use "It is done" instead of using "It has been done"? Please clarify.

    Like "It is done" People use "is + past participle" in many cases to refer completed actions.
    Last edited by rajpv; 11-May-2012 at 07:50.

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    Re: "It is done" or "It has been done"

    Welcome to the forum, rajpv.
    Quote Originally Posted by rajpv View Post
    Generally, when people have completed a work job or task, they say "It is done".

    "It is done" is the passive form of "I do it".

    I feel that the people have to say "It has been done".Because "It has been done" is

    the possive form of "I have done it", I expect poeple to use "It has been done".

    Why do poeeople use "It is done" instead of using "It has been done"? Please clarify.

    Like "It is done" People use "is + past participle" in many cases to refer completed actions.
    We very often have free choice in the tenses we use, depending on how we view the situation. 'It has been done' considers the action retrospectively. 'It is done' presents the task in a completed state.
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-May-2012 at 07:29. Reason: typos

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    Re: "It is done" or "It has been done"

    If "It is done" means the task is in a completed state, then the "done" in "It is done" is considered as an adjective?

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