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    A song has been

    A song has been sung by me.

    Can we say that if we use past participle after "been" will always be present perfect passive?

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    Re: A song has been

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    A song has been sung by me.

    Can we say that if we use past participle after "been" will always be present perfect passive?
    I try not to say "always" because someone will find an exception as soon as it's said.

    But no - you could say Something had been something (sung/written/opened/demolished) and it's past perfect and passive, not present 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: A song has been

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I try not to say "always" because someone will find an exception as soon as it's said.

    But no - you could say Something had been something (sung/written/opened/demolished) and it's past perfect and passive, not present perfect.
    I understand exceptions will be very less.Barring few exceptions it would be always present/past perfect passive. Am I correct,

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    Re: A song has been

    In formal, standard English:

    every perfect construction, active or passive, includes HAVE (1) and a third form (2) (past participle);
    every progressive (continuous) construction, active or passive, includes BE (3) and an -ing form (4);
    every passive construction includes BE (5) and a third form (6).


    So, in the rare, but possible, perfect progressive passive, we have all these elements:

    He has(1) be(3)en(2) be(5)ing(4) interviewed(6) for over three hours now.

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