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    An explanation about perfect tense

    Hello!

    I've received the following doubt and I'm not sure if my response is totally correct. Please, feel free to add any comments or criticisms about it.

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    I would like to know what's the difference between the folowing verb forms: The document has posted. The document has been posted. I have written. I have been written. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    A document is not a person who can post something. So, the correct choice is 'the document has been posted' (you may add by whom).

    The second pair of sentences are possible, but they express different situations, and the second sentence needs a different verb form at its end.

    e.g.
    I have written (something, about somebody etc.).
    I have been writing (something, about somebody with a certain frequency.)

    I have written several books about science fiction. (this is the work I have so far, about science fiction)
    I have been writing a new novel that will be a best seller! (this is waht I'm doing at the moment. It started in the past and is not yet complete)

    Cheers,
    Tito

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    Re: An explanation about perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Hello!

    I've received the following doubt and I'm not sure if my response is totally correct. Please, feel free to add any comments or criticisms about it.

    Doubt
    I would like to know what's the difference between the folowing verb forms: The document has posted. The document has been posted. I have written. I have been written. Thank you in advance for your help.

    Response
    A document is not a person who can post something. So, the correct choice is 'the document has been posted' (you may add by whom). Yes.

    The second pair of sentences are possible, but they express different situations, and the second sentence needs a different verb form at its end.

    e.g.
    I have written (something, about somebody etc.).
    I have been writing (something, about somebody with a certain frequency.)

    I have written several books about science fiction. (this is the work I have so far, about science fiction)
    I have been writing a new novel that will be a best seller! (this is waht I'm doing at the moment. It started in the past and is not yet complete) Yes, but see my response below.

    Cheers,
    Tito
    "I have been written to" is possible.

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    Re: An explanation about perfect tense

    "I have been written to"

    That would be the passive of it, right? As in, somebody has been writing to me.

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    Re: An explanation about perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    "I have been written to"

    That would be the passive of it, right? As in, somebody has been writing to me.
    Yes

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