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  1. mohittheonlyone's Avatar

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    Exclamation need correction

    Is there any way to use ''been'' without using either ''have'' or ''had''.
    plz give explations with some examples.................

  2. Soup's Avatar
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    Re: need correction

    Been is a past participle, and past participles can act as adjectives, but I can't seem to recall ever having seen or heard been used as such. Been, however, does occur without HAVE in elliptical structures and in informal contracted forms:

    Been there, done that.
    => (I have) been there (and have) done that).

    Never been kissed.
    => (Someone has) never been kissed.

    should'a been
    => should've been

    could'a been
    => could've been

    would'a been
    => would've been

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