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    has taken, was taken

    I read in a book: the present perfect tense of a verb is formed when the past participle of the verb follows 'has' or 'have'.

    For example, He has taken the book.


    If I were to use another primary verb, such as "is" (which I understand to be under the 'Be' group of verb), and combine it with "taken", as in the following example, is the sentence also in the present perfect tense?
    Eg: He is taken to .............

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    #2

    Re: has taken, was taken

    I think 'He has been taken into custody' is in the present perfect, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: has taken, was taken

    No, you cannot use "be" (in any of its forms) in lieu of "have" or "has" in forming the present perfect!

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    #4

    Re: has taken, was taken

    @teechar, this means that the present perfect tense is formed only when the past participle of the verb follows 'has' or 'have'?

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    Re: has taken, was taken

    @Matthew, 'he is taken......" is not 'proper' English right? lol

    I'm just wondering if 'subject + is + past participle' can be used at all.

    Thanks!

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    #6

    Re: has taken, was taken

    Present Perfect
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    [has/have + past participle]
    ── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    @Matthew, 'he is taken......" is not 'proper' English right? lol
    I think the following is proper English, but I am not a teacher.
    'I will bail him out as soon as he is taken into custody.'
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 24-May-2015 at 12:18.

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    #7

    Re: has taken, was taken

    Oceanlike, you're talking about two different things, the present perfect tense and the passive voice!

    My answer in post #2 was in response to your question in post #1, not to Matthew's post #2.

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    #8

    Re: has taken, was taken

    Simple tenses:
    "He is taken" is the passive voice of the simple present tense.
    "He was taken" - passive of the simple past tense (imperfect).
    "He will be taken" - passive of future tense.

    Perfect Tenses:
    "He has been taken" - passive of the present perfect.
    "He had been taken" - passive of past perfect.
    "He will have been taken" - passive of future perfect.

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