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    #1

    "Is made" or "has been made"?

    How about this,

    1. the car is fixed
    2. the car has been fixed

    I think 2. is much better, but is the first one incorrect somehow? If not, then what's the main difference?

    Edit: Sorry, I did not read other posts carefully. There is answer to a similar question already.
    Last edited by a_3; 10-Dec-2006 at 21:30.


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    Re: "Is made" or "has been made"?

    Quote Originally Posted by a_3 View Post
    How about this,

    1. the car is fixed
    2. the car has been fixed

    I think 2. is much better, but is the first one incorrect somehow? If not, then what's the main difference?

    Edit: Sorry, I did not read other posts carefully. There is answer to a similar question already.
    Number 2 isn't any better or any worse. To reiterate, #1 focuses on the state of the thing, in this case the car.

    The cake is made. // The dishes are done. // The roast is done.

    Number 2 focuses on the completed action and the present perfect says that the speaker thinks this finished action is important to now. You could also use,

    The car was fixed.

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