what is the past participle of was? i was asked by a student with this question.can you help me with this?
present participle : being
past participle : 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>
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.
* That's present in the hereness sense rather than the [U]now[U]ness sense!
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"?
a learner and not a teacher
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
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?
Any sentence can not be much more simpler then this one.
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?
But in good English you should say
Yes I do.
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