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    is or has been

    Hi,

    consider the following two sentences.

    1)why this work is not done?

    2)why this work has not been done?

    When the work is already completed, which one of the above two sentences is correct?If both of them are correct please tell me when to use which one?


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    Re: is or has been

    Quote Originally Posted by ssthrn View Post
    Hi,

    consider the following two sentences.

    1)why this work is not done?

    2)why this work has not been done?

    When the work is already completed, which one of the above two sentences is correct?If both of them are correct please tell me when to use which one?
    Your word order isn't natural, Ssthrn.


    1)Why isn't this work [is not] done? OR Why is this work not done?

    2)Why hasn't this work [has not] been done? OR Why has this work not been done?

    Both are fine. The first focuses on the state of the completed work while the second focuses on the action. You could also use,

    Why wasn't this work done? OR Why was this work not done?


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    Re: is or has been

    Thanks for answering me..............

    One more question of similar kind

    Suppose like I have kept the coffee on the table, and if some body asks me," where is the coffee?" Then which one of the following two statements are correct.

    1)Coffee is kept on the table

    2)Cofee has been kept on the table.


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    #4

    Re: is or has been

    Hi riverkid,

    Could you please answer my question?


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    #5

    Re: is or has been

    Your question was answered on your other post.


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    Re: is or has been

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Your question was answered on your other post.
    I couldn't find it, Anglika. Could you provide a link please?

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    #7

    Re: is or has been

    1)Coffee is kept on the table.

    Means that coffee is always kept on the table and it is there now.


    2)Cofee has been kept on the table.

    Means that coffee was kept on the table for a period of time in the past, but may not be there now.


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    Re: is or has been

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    1)Coffee is kept on the table.

    Means that coffee is always kept on the table and it is there now.

    I don't agree that this would be the case for every situation, M. Don't you think that, "Coffee is kept on the table" might be employed as an admonishment to an employee who has put it away in, say, a cupboard?



    2)Coffee has been kept on the table.

    Means that coffee was kept on the table for a period of time in the past, but may not be there now.
    That could be the present perfect of experience; "in our past as a restaurant, we have kept coffee on the table [it has been our experience to ...]. To reflect this in speech, I'd say that the "has" may well receive grater stress,

    "Coffee haaas been kept on the table" ,

    though it wouldn't have to have.

    But to my mind, there are other possibilities.

    A: Do you keep your coffee on the table? What's your policy regarding that?

    B: Well, as a rule, coffee has been kept on the table.

    The intonation here, illustrating that this is an ongoing thing, would be more flat, more even. I think that this example might illustrate the difference that Ssthrn was getting at.



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    Re: is or has been

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I couldn't find it, Anglika. Could you provide a link please?

    Sorry = When to use which one? - UsingEnglish.com ESL Forum


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    Re: is or has been

    Hi Riverkid,

    >>>>Don't you think that, "Coffee is kept on the table" might be employed as >>>>an admonishment to an employee who has put it away in, say, a >>>>cupboard?

    I could not understand what you meant by this.Could you please put it in other words?

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