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    Present perfect question


    I am a new teacher and a student asked me these questions:

    We were studying Present Perfect:

    How long have you been married?

    Have you ever been arrested?

    Why is there a past verb after the P.P ("been" in this case)?
    Is this a passive form?


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    Re: Present perfect question

    Have been arrested is a passive VP.
    The auxiliary "be" is inflected for present perfect tense (have + 3rd form (been)).

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    Re: Present perfect question

    What about- have been married?

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    Re: Present perfect question

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy.lia View Post
    What about- have been married?
    In this case married is an adjective following the present perfect form of the auxiliary verb to be.

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