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    past participle of was

    what is the past participle of was? i was asked by a student with this question.can you help me with this?

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    Been?


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    present participle : being
    past participle : been

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    Quote Originally Posted by May Ann View Post
    what is the past participle of was? i was asked by a student with this question.can you help me with this?
    The perfect takes been:
    Ex: I was in London. <simple past>
    Ex: I have been to London. <present perfect>
    Ex: I had been to London. <past perfect>
    Ex: The dog had been hit by the car before the truck had hit it. <passive>

    Ex: The car had hit the dog before the truck had (hit it). <active>

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    Re: past participle of was

    It's "been." It's actually the past participle of "be" and "was" is the simple past of "be."

    Betty Schrampfer Azar's, "Understanding and Using English Grammar" is a great resource to have on hand for these types of questions. It includes a useful two pages of irregular verbs.


    Good luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
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    Ex: I had been to London. <past perfect>
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    I'd have preferred "I had been in London" as an example. I find students often struggle with the two senses of "been" (pp of 'be' and pp of 'go and come back [and so is present]*'. As in "She's been to London (so she's a good person to ask about the Congestion Charge)" vs 'She's gone to London (so you can't ask her anything for now).'

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    * That's present in the hereness sense rather than the [U]now[U]ness sense!

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    In the name of Allah,
    Hi guys, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to ask this: if "was" is the simple past of "be", so what can we say about "is"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of Allah,
    Hi guys, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to ask this: if "was" is the simple past of "be", so what can we say about "is"?
    Wouldn't it be one of the forms of the present tense? Specifically the third person single (he/she/it) form?

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    Re: past participle of was

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of Allah,
    Hi guys, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to ask this: if "was" is the simple past of "be", so what can we say about "is"?

    Infinitive = be
    Past = was, were
    Present Participle = being
    Past Participle = been

    Present:
    I am
    You are
    He/She is
    It is
    We are
    You are
    They are

    Past:
    I was
    You were
    He/She was
    It was
    We were
    You were
    They were

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    Quote Originally Posted by May Ann View Post
    what is the past participle of was? i was asked by a student with this question.can you help me with this?
    saw as a simple past aspect of the irregular verb to be doesn't have past participle. The verb to be has not only the simple past (was,were) but the past participle been as well

    There are three special (most important) verbs in English

    to be, to have, and to do (given here in their infinitive forms)

    Each of the three ones could be the main verb in the sentence or the auxiliary.

    Such as auxiliaries these are in use to help us make the aspects of the main verbs in the sentences.

    As auxliliaries these verbs take three aspects

    bare infinitive_________ simple past_________ past participle

    be____________________was (were)____________been
    have__________________had___________________had
    do____________________did____________________done



    I am just going to make three simple sentences using the verb to be which will be in corespondence to the given table


    You are._____________________You were there. __________You've been out.


    As you can see those three auxiliaries helps one another to take the aspect we want.

    You 've been out.
    You have been out.

    The auxiliary to have helps the main verb to be to take the present perfect aspect.

    You are. is a simple statement. Such as You exist.
    In the sentence You are, the main verb to be do not need any help of any other auxiliary to form the simple sentence which has been made of the two words only

    You which is pronoun and
    are which is simple present of the verb to be.

    Why not to mention the verb go as well?

    Answer the question

    Do you go to swim sometimes?

    I do.

    Any sentence can not be much more simpler then this one.

    I do.

    I, pronoun
    do, main verb. In the sentence I do we took the simple present aspect of the verb to do.

    The simpler one could be answer to the question

    Do you like this?

    Yes.

    But in good English you should say

    Yes I do.


    etc..,
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