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    meaning- have been.....

    Man's voice: Oh, good morning. I want to warn you about a bomb...

    Henry: A bomb? Where? Hello! We've been cut off. Operator! Operator! Operator!



    Here, I didn't understand , why HAVE BEEN CUT OFF is used? We have been cut off is a complete sentence?? Why not " have been cutting off or are cutting off' ?

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    Re: meaning- have been.....

    Hi--

    The use of present perfect here indicates an action completed in the very recent past (with present significance). The act of cutting off is sudden, so it wouldn't be in a continuous tense.

    I hope this helps.

    Mary

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