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    Already and Past Perfect

    "She is already dead' or 'She is dead already'

    "She has been dead'

    Both are used to say some action that has been started before and is ongoing. What's the difference?

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    Re: Already and Past Perfect

    I would use the present perfect followed by a period of time.
    'She has been dead for (XXX) years.'

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    Re: Already and Past Perfect

    Don't use "She has been dead" on its own. It suggests that she is no longer dead!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Already and Past Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Don't use "She has been dead" on its own. It suggests that she is no longer dead!
    "I have never seen this" it means either you have never seen this in past or present. Does "has been dead" have the same meaning?

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    Re: Already and Past Perfect

    If you want to use the present perfect without mentioning the time, you may say 'has died'.

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