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    Dear teaches,
    In the following phrase, can we use have been died instated of have died?
    Ten people have died in an air crash in Chile.
    Many thanks

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    Re: have & have been

    "To die" is an intransitive verb, v.i. in the dictionary. It has no passive.

    Ten people have died in an air crash in Chile.

    Or you can use the verbal adjective:

    Ten people are dead after an air crash in Chile.
    (Note the present tense and the "after": for the crash has alreasy happened.)

    If you really want to use the passive (but why?) you can say it with "kill" (transitive, v.t.):

    Ten people have been killed in an air crash in Chile.

    But of all these, the simple "have died" is by far the best choice.

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    Smile Re: have & have been

    also possible:

    Did you hear the news? Ten people died in an air crash in Chile.


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