Is or has?


Which is correct?


It has broken.

It is broken.

asked Jan 19 '12 at 20:17 markus New member

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"It is broken" is correct if you are talking about the current state of the subject.


"It has broken" can be rewritten as "It broke", and is correct if you are talking about 'broken' being an action done to the subject.

link comment answered Jan 20 '12 at 16:15 Scott Martin Contributor

Both are fine. "Has" is generally used as aspect; it gives more perspective or detail during an event. If you say, "John has arrived.", it tends to feel different than "John had arrived.". If John had arrived, then you're saying that at some reference point in the past, John had arrived at or during that time. Saying "John has arrived." generally means that at some time in the recent past, John arrived. Telicity plays into this a little, but not enough to make a difference here. Wikipedia is actually pretty good with linguistics articles: I recommend reading that if you want more information on aspect.

link comment answered Feb 02 '12 at 23:28 Anna New member

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