I have been learning the 12 English tenses. The above sentence confused me. The sentence was a headline of a news website. It is kind of like present perfect but not. Present perfect is subject + has/have + past participle. It looks like present perfect progressive but not. Present perfect progress is subject + has/have + been + present participle.

It is not present perfect because of the word "been". It is not present perfect progressive because it doesnt have a present participle.

So my question is what tense is the above question?

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    It is the Present Perfect with the passive voice. Someone has arrested Martin. --->>> "Martin has been arrested". Dec 17, 2015 at 15:41
  • @CopperKettle oh, I havent learned about passive voice with tenses yet. Is there any resources for that? Is there any simple rules to remember?
    – bluejimmy
    Dec 17, 2015 at 15:46
  • @CowperKettle mistakes have been made...
    – RonJohn
    Feb 17, 2020 at 18:50

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The basics of the passive is to remember that you form it by using be + past participle. Its use allows to put the focus in the action and not who performed it. In the case of the present perfect, the structure changes to been + past participle.

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