“Are BE used” or “Are BEEN used”?


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


"Many and much are be used as adjectives."




"Many and much are been used as adjectives."



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

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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

If you are referring to a previous discussion on here about these two words and the difference between their meaning, refer back to that page and reread the answers.  Quick note many and much are for the most part are adverbs but used under specific situations with other subject matter could be other parts of speech, which is frequently true, unfortunately, for many words.  Also to help you in the future, you say above "I'm very confuse."  That should be "I'm very confused."

Regarding your question.  Many and much are being used as adjectivites, or Many and much have been used as adjectivites.  Each of these as I have stated them are correct under the right  circumstances. The only way the word be would be used is if the speaker were giving a directive like many and much are to be used as adjectivites. 

link comment answered Aug 15 at 04:39 Karen Leutz Contributor

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