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How To Use “Have Been” “Has Been” “Had Been”?

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What is the difference between “have been, has been and had been”?

Are you struggling to use the correct form when you’re speaking or writing in English? In this lesson we’ll learn about the difference between have, has and had been.

Remember the best way to be learning grammar is using it! When you make practice, you will able to develop better understanding the use of each grammatical structure and apply this to your everyday life when you are speaking or writing in English.

Usage of “Have Been & Has Been”

‘Has been’ and ‘have been’  suggest an action that started in the past, but continues in the present.

When we are talking about the present:

If the subject of a sentence is IYouWeThey or a plural noun (cars, birds, children) we use have been.

If the subject of the sentence is HeSheIt or a singular noun (car, bird, child) we use has been.

Usage of “Had Been”

When we are talking about the past: for any subject we use ‘had been‘.

“Had been,”, suggests an action that both began and ended in the past.




Difference between ‘Have been’ – ‘Had been’

Present perfect ‘have/has been ‘ is used when describing an action completed in the recent past and still assumes importance in the present.

We use ‘had been’ when you describe something that happened in the past before something else in the past. Also an action that had happened in the past and does not reflect any continuation to the present time.

Example: By 500 AD, the Roman Empire had been defeated.

Have Been, Has Been, Had Been Quiz

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Ahammed Afsal vp
Ahammed Afsal vp
5 months ago

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Ahmet Gashi
Ahmet Gashi
4 months ago

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Bulama
Bulama
4 months ago

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Shafaq.
Shafaq.
4 months ago

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Sunil Talpada
4 months ago

Can u please send me more exercise ? Do you have pdf?

janidu deshan
janidu deshan
3 months ago

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wood
wood
3 months ago

Thank you

Elle Mari
Elle Mari
3 months ago

Very confusing yet very informational

Sriram
Sriram
3 months ago

Good one!!! Thanks..

nawaz
nawaz
2 months ago

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Eya Ayachi
Eya Ayachi
1 month ago

Great post. Learned a lot in short time!

dee
dee
1 month ago

Please help.
The following sentence needs to be in the passive voice.
My bag had been stolen when I was on my way home. The thief was arrested shortly after. Is this correct? Or should it be “has been stolen” or “was stolen” Thanks

Abdinasir
1 month ago

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Butterfly
13 days ago

It made me understand the concept very well , but would we nice if we get a chance to check our answers

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