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    Smile Trying to identify the tenses

    Hello,

    I'm trying to read more articles in English and learn more about English Grammar by analysing the Grammar used in the article.
    I was reading an article in The Huffington Post. In one of the paragraphs there was this sentence:

    "But back in Syria itself, the city of Aleppo and the surrounding countryside have been the site of an immense military offensive."

    From what I understand the centence is in the Present Perfect Continuous. If that is correct the words "Have been" was supposed to be followd by a verb?


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    Re: Trying to identify the tenses

    Welcome to the forum.

    The sentence is in the past perfect tense. It is correct.

    EDIT: Sorry...present perfect. Thanks Mike.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Oct-2015 at 08:19.

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    Re: Trying to identify the tenses

    Rover, it is not the past perfect tense.

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    Re: Trying to identify the tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamma Cohen Koller View Post
    Hello,

    I'm trying to read more articles in English and learn more about English Grammar by analysing the Grammar used in the article.
    I was reading an article in The Huffington Post. In one of the paragraphs there was this sentence:

    "But back in Syria itself, the city of Aleppo and the surrounding countryside have been the site of an immense military offensive."

    From what I understand the centence is in the Present Perfect Continuous. If that is correct the words "Have been" was supposed to be followd by a verb?


    Thank you
    The main verb is "to be"

    It is the site - present
    It was the site - past
    It has been the site - present perfect
    It had been the site (before the fighting shifted to another location, for example) - past perfect
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Trying to identify the tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Rover, it is not the past perfect tense.
    Oops! How embarrassing.

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    Re: Trying to identify the tenses

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    The city is the site of a military offensive.

    The city was the site of a military offensive.

    The city will be site of a military offensive.

    The city has been the site of a military offensive for the last few weeks. The offensive is continuing.

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    Perhaps you are confused by "have been" + verb (past participle) in the passive.

    "Jets have bombed many cities."

    "Many cities have been bombed (by jets)."
    Last edited by TheParser; 24-Oct-2015 at 13:48.

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