1

I'm confused in using this sentence .

I .... very busy last week

should I use

1 - I have been very busy last week
2-  I was very busy last week
3-  I has been very busy last week

I think the right is 2 or 3 ? Because its in the past so i should use was or has been

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Mar 25 '18 at 13:55

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

  • Personally, I would use 2. Number 3 is grammatically incorrect ("I has" should be "I have"). And number 1 should be "I have been very busy in the last week". – Pam Mar 21 '18 at 10:06
  • Thanks this helpful I didn't notice number 3 and number 1 maybe it required more practice to see examples similar , btw you can put this as an answer for my question . – DevC Mar 21 '18 at 10:22
2

I would use 2. It is simple past tense.

Number 3 is grammatically incorrect ("I has" should be "I have"). (See http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-english-verb-have.html for conjugations of "have").

Number 1 should be "I have been very busy in the last week" or "I have been very busy this last week". This is present perfect tense. You can use either Simple Past or Present Perfect depending on the context. This site: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/tenses/present_perfect.htm#perfect advises:

The choice between Present Perfect and Simple Past is often determined by the adverbial accompanying the verb. With adverbs referring to a period gone by, we would use the simple past: I studied all night/yesterday/on Wednesday. With adverbs beginning in the past and going up to present, we would use the present perfect: I have studied up to now/lately/already. An adverbial time-marker such as "today, this month," or "for an hour" can take either the simple past or present perfect: I worked/have worked hard today. We tend to use the Present Perfect when reporting or announcing an event of the recent past: The company's current CEO has lied repeatedly to her employees. But we tend to use the Simple Past when reporting or announcing events of the finished, more distant past: Washington encouraged his troops. Because the time limits for Present Perfect are relatively elastic (stretching up to the present), it is somewhat less definite than the Simple Past: Brett has worked with some of the best chefs of Europe [in the course of his long and continuing career]. Brett worked with Chef Pierre LeGout [when he lived in Paris]. (Notice how the topic of Brett's work is narrowed down as we move from Present Perfect to Simple Past.)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.