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    #1

    has /have been + ed

    I have a question.

    As far as I remember we have to say

    I have been working here for 4 years
    Or

    She has been sleeping for 3 hours
    which are means that I'm still working
    And She's still sleeping.

    Recently I've got email with this sentence:

    The relays agents have been installed

    What does it mean

    It really makes me to confused because the "Present /Past perfect subject is very difficult and I am trying to memorize and exercise it until I have encountered in this example and I do not what it means

    Maybe it is mean that something have been done in past and impact and continues to know?

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    #2

    Re: has /have been + ed

    Some verbs are used to talk about things that happen over time.
    You might live or work someplace for years. You sleep for hours at a time.

    Some verbs happen once and they are done. You open the door, you run out the door -- you do it, and it's over. You generally don't say "I have been opening the door for 0.5 seconds" the way you would say "I have been working here for three years."

    Installing relay agents happens once and it's done.

    I have installed the relay agents. This is the active form.

    The relay agents have been installed. This is the passive form.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 29-Jul-2016 at 19:51. Reason: thanks Piscean!
    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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    #3

    Re: has /have been + ed

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
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    I have been working here for 4 years

    She has been sleeping for 3 hours
    These are present perfect progressive/continuous forms, active voice

    The relays agents have been installed
    This is a present perfect (non-progressive) form, passive voice.

    (Cross-posted)

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    #4

    Re: has /have been + ed

    Every one of your sentences needs a closing punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: has /have been + ed

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
    I have a question.

    As far as I remember, we can have to say:

    I have been working here for 4 years.
    Or

    She has been sleeping for 3 hours.

    which are That means that I'm still working, and She's still sleeping.
    Yes, that's correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post

    Recently I've I got an email with this sentence:

    The relays agents have been installed.

    What does it mean?
    I've no idea what "relays agents" are; I suspect they're some kind of electronic component.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
    It really makes me to confused because the "Present /Past perfect" subject is very difficult, and I've been am trying to learn and memorize and exercise it until I have encountered in this example, and I do not know what it means.
    The past perfect starts with "had"; your sentences above are not in the past perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mero3004 View Post
    Maybe it is means that something have been was done in past and its impact and continues into the present. know?
    Yes, that's correct. The sentence in question is in the present perfect simple and is in the passive voice.

    Edit: cross-posted. I'm logging off and going out for a drink!

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    #6

    Re: has /have been + ed

    Say:

    It really confuses me because present/past perfect is very difficult, and I am trying to memorize it and practice it, and then I encountered this example, and I do not know what it means.

    You might want to read Barb's post several times, as it explains things very well.

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