I have problem to use (have been and has been ) in my sentences.

Please give me some example and explain it to me.

Thank you


asked Jun 14 '11 at 11:11 noushin New member

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"Have been" refers to the plural. For example, the apples have been in the freezer for a long time.


"Has been" refers to a single. For example, the apple has been in the freezer for a long time.

link comment answered Jun 15 '11 at 11:55 Ryan Tracey New member

Just to add to Ryan's explanation.


The construction -- 'have/has + past participle' -- is called the present perfect.  Unfortunately, that name is a bit confusing as the present perfect actually refers to something that happened in the past, but is relevant for the present situation or conversation.  


Here are some examples:


"Have you been to Europe?"

"Yes, I have been twice."


"Has he eaten already?"

"No, he told me that he hasn't eaten yet."


(Notice that 'to tell' is in the past tense, but we can use the present perfect --'he hasn't eaten' -- because, although we conjugate it in the present,  in practice, it carries the meaning of a past tense.)

link comment answered Jun 16 '11 at 11:35 Kimberly Expert

Quite right, Kimberly!


I have been... don't you just love English.

link comment answered Jun 16 '11 at 12:17 Ryan Tracey New member

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