“Are BE used” or “Are BEEN used”?

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Hi! I'm very confuse. Can you tell me which sentence is correct?

 

"Many and much are be used as adjectives."

 

or

 

"Many and much are been used as adjectives."

 

Thanks.

grammar be asked Jan 17 '13 at 08:35 Batya New member

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"are used as" makes this sentence grammatically correct but perhaps not accurate. While some grammar references call words like 'many' and 'much' adjectives, they are more correctly called "quantifiers" and they function differently than adjectives. Using this more accurate word makes "used as" unnecessary: 'Many' and 'much' are quantifiers."

link comment answered Jan 17 '13 at 09:28 Shawn Mooney Expert
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"Many" and "such" are being used as adjectives.

 

"Many" and "such" have been used as adjectives.

link edited Jan 17 '13 at 17:04 Tony Proano Expert

Tony's suggestions are grammatically correct but they have very specific meanings. Also, he has incorrectly changed 'much' to 'such'. If the sentence uses 'are being used as,' it means that the writer is commenting on the usage in a specific sentence or text, and NOT talking about general grammar/vocabulary rules. If the sentence uses 'have been used as', the writer is talking about PAST usage, and not commenting on current usage.

Shawn MooneyJan 18 '13 at 13:28

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Many and much  ARE USED as adjectives.

link comment answered Jan 17 '13 at 09:24 Ema Kis New member

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