In one of my essay which was about describing a picture, I've written a sentence about the illustration and said:

"This photo has been took during the prohibition"

But my brother has told me this sentence isn't correct. Because he was short in time I didn't received any other explications. I'm sure it's the tense that cause the disorder but actually i don't have any idea about how to correct this error.

Are these a correct form of tense that could be use in this sentence ?

This photo was made

This photo has been took

1 Answer 1


This photo was made is grammatically correct, but a photo is usually described as shot or taken.


This photo was taken


This photo was made


This photo has been took

You'd use took when describing the action of the person with the camera:

She took the photo

  • Your explication has occurred me that my mistake came from direct translation from my native language (French) to English. We usually say > She has took a photo. For next time I am going to be more attentive and avoid this kind of error.
    – jr28
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 22:25
  • You can use She took a photo, or "She has taken a photo," but not She has took a photo.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 2, 2023 at 20:39

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