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    I have been a car

    I have been a car.

    Is the above sentence right? Does it means that I have a car?

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    Re: I have been a car

    No! Do you understand that "I have been" is the present perfect form of "I am"? It is part of the verb "to be". Would you say "I am a car"?

    The following are all correct and use different tenses of the verb "to have".

    I have a car.
    I had a car.
    I have had a car.

    The following are all incorrect because they use tenses of the verb "to be".

    I am a car.
    I was a car.
    I have been a car.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: I have been a car

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. The car had been a person.

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    Re: I have been a car

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I have been a car.
    I'm pretty sure I asked you about a month ago whether you understood the difference between the verbs 'to be' and 'to have', and I don't think you replied. Could I suggest that you have a good look at these two verbs?

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    Re: I have been a car

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm pretty sure I asked you about a month ago whether you understood the difference between the verbs 'to be' and 'to have', and I don't think you replied. Could I suggest that you have a good look at these two verbs?
    I understand "to be" verbs are is, am , are, was,....and these verbs are used as main verb in the sentence. Am I correct?

    I don't recall about "to have". Could you please let me know about the concept of "to have"

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    Re: I have been a car

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I understand "to be" verbs are is, am , are, was,....and these verbs are used as main verb in the sentence. Am I correct?
    No, "to have" verbs are also used as the main verb when appropriate. Both "to be" and "to have" also work as auxiliary verbs.

    I don't recall about "to have". Could you please let me know about the concept of "to have"
    I think you'd do better to find a website (or better, a grammar book) in Hindi that explains basic English grammar.

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    Re: I have been a car

    Interestingly, you used the verb "to have" correctly in your very first post. You asked "Does it mean that I have a car?" If you don't know anything about the verb "to have", how did you construct that sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have been a car

    I misunderstood it. I understand the concept of "to have" . It is have, had and having which can be used as main verb.

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    Re: I have been a car

    I think you'd do better to find a website (or better, a grammar book) in Hindi that explains basic English grammar.

    Does 'd stands for would here?

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