I have heard usage of "been" other that in perfect continuous tense.

like when we are talking about past, could we say that "I been given some work"?

Is the above sentence correct? if not why?

But, this sentence convince me, because it is the situation in which I am talking about past and some thing happened on me, so in order to say that I need to use forms of "be", but I cannot say in perfect form because "have " and "had" is not form of "be", but if I use "have been" or "had been" then it will be in perfect continuous, again I don't want to add continuous sense to it, it should be in perfect with 3rd form of verb.

Am I correct?

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No, that sentence is absolutely incorrect. Grammatically, you should follow the pattern to have been [past participle]. If the action took place before some reference point in the past, use the past perfect tense: I had been given some work to do. If the action took place in the past but with a connection to the present moment, use the present perfect tense: I have been given some work to do. There's no ifs or buts. That's how English grammar works.

However, if you start watching a lot of American movies, one day you will hear someone say I done it! or something to that effect. That's actually incorrect and the only time you'll ever hear this said is from a country person or a street tough using nonstandard English grammar.

If you insist on using a past form of the to be verb, use was:

I was given some work to do.

  • is the sentence " he is gone" is correct?
    – Rahul
    Nov 27, 2017 at 15:24
  • Yes, that sentence is correct. Nov 27, 2017 at 15:24
  • what is 3rd form of "be"?
    – Rahul
    Nov 27, 2017 at 15:25
  • You mean the "3rd person form" of the verb to be? That would be is for singular objects and are for plural ones. That's for the present tense. was (singular) and were (plural) for the past tense. Nov 27, 2017 at 15:29
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    I done it is not wrong in the situations in which it is said. For example: We done now? is fine in informal English. Also, I been given some work and I done been given some work are correct in certain dialects. To say any of these is incorrect, you should stipulate that you're talking about the dialect called standard English. Nov 27, 2017 at 17:57

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