Which sentence is correct? When to use Are you and have you?

Are you returned from conference? Or Have you returned from conference?

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    Jan 18, 2015 at 7:40

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It's "Have you returned from the conference?".

Be can be a helping verb with the -ing form of the verb (to express progressive tenses), not the -ed form.

For example: "I am returning", "she was returning", etc.

So, in interrogative mood, it would be "Are you returning from the conference?".

If you want to ask a question, but don't want to use a progressive tense, and aren't using any other helping verbs like have, will, should, you'll generally need to use do as a helping verb.

Did you return from the conference?


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