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    subhajit123 is offline Banned
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    What does "have been" mean?

    What does 'have been' mean in the sentence "I have been a good student."?

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    Re: What does "have been" mean?

    This is an example of Present Perfect Tense: a past action with some present connection. At some time in the past I started being a student. I was a good student, and I have continued being a good student up to right now- the time I am speaking to you. What happens after this statement not mentioned.

    There are two possible contexts to this statement:

    1. The speaker will continue to be a student, and hopes that that past action will somehow influence his/her situation in the future as in: I have been a good student, so you should not accuse me of being lazy.


    2. The speaker is no longer a student as of the time of speaking, as in: I have been a good student, so I hope you can give me a letter of recommendation.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: What does "have been" mean?

    It could also suggest that the person has been a good student recently.

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