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    Query to know which tense it is and what used of 'been' here

    Hello All,
    Below is the sentence:

    The homework might have been too difficult for them.

    which tense is it ? what is meaning of 'been' here ?

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    Re: Query to know which tense it is and what used of 'been' here

    http://www.englishpage.com/modals/modalforms.html
    Having read the above, I think it is the modal perfect.
    And I consider 'been' the past participle of the linking verb 'to be', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Query to know which tense it is and what used of 'been' here

    Farrukhkamran, please note that a better title would have been The homework might have been too difficult for them.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


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    Re: Query to know which tense it is and what used of 'been' here

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    http://www.englishpage.com/modals/modalforms.html
    Having read the above, I think it is the modal perfect.
    And I consider 'been' the past participle of the linking verb 'to be', but I am not a teacher.
    Basing on the same source, could we say, then, that anything like 'I will go to the theatre tomorrow' is an example of the modal simple (providing that 'will' is also a modal, as much as 'may' or 'might' is)?

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    Re: Query to know which tense it is and what used of 'been' here

    Quote Originally Posted by Weaver67 View Post
    Basing on the same source, could we say, then, that anything like 'I will go to the theatre tommorow' is an example of the modal simple (providing that 'will' is also a modal, as much as 'may' or 'might' is)?
    I'd say 'non-perfect' rather than 'simple'. The word 'simple' suggests the complete absence of such additions as aspect or modality. The only 'simple' forms are the single-word present and past tenses, in my opinion.

    You will see such labels as 'present perfect simple', but I find them unhelpful.

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