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  1. anhnha's Avatar
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    #1

    is damaged/ have been damaged

    Hello,
    I have just read this title in a newspaper: Ancient pagoda damaged in fire.
    Which is correct if I rewrite into a full sentence?
    1. A ancient pagoda is damaged in fire.
    2. A ancient pagoda have been damaged in fire.
    If there is a difference between them, please tell me.
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    Both are incorrect as they stand.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    Hello, anhnha.
    Please check if the article is correctly used.
    It is a newspaper headline, so the present perfect is more appropriate in my opinion.

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    #4

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    NOT A TEACHER

    Also notice that in the second sentence you have used "have". The subject of the sentence doesn't agree with the verb, a singular noun requires a singular verb.

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    #5

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    Thanks for all help!
    I didn't recognise these mistakes without thinking about grammar.
    What about if these sentences are rewrite as follow:
    1. An ancient pagoda is damaged in fire.
    2. An ancient pagoda has been damaged in fire.


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    #6

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    NOT A TEACHER

    I think that it's more natural to say, 'An ancient pagoda has been / is damaged by fire.'

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    #7

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thanks for all help!
    I didn't recognise these mistakes without thinking about grammar.
    What about if these sentences are rewritten as follows:
    1. An ancient pagoda is damaged in fire.
    2. An ancient pagoda has been damaged in fire.

    Hello, again.
    I'd prefer the second for the reason stated in my earlier post.
    Please wait for other (native speakers') opinions.

    (Edit) I'd add 'a' before 'fire' - 'in a fire'
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 05-Sep-2012 at 17:18.

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    #8

    Re: is damaged/ have been damaged

    An ancient pagoda has been damaged in a fire.

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