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What has just happened?

What has been just happened?

The first one is right, but my friend told me that we can't use “has been [...] happened” because it has two past participles, which is ungrammatical.

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  • Well, you can have a sentence "What has just been done?" so your friend is not entirely right. Perhaps someone will chime in with why one of your sentences is correct and the other is not. Sep 18 '13 at 6:38
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As Andrew has said, it is perfectly possible to have two past participles in a passive clause. What is not possible is to make a passive clause with an intransitive verb such as happen. That is why ‘What has been just happened?’ is ungrammatical.

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