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Question regarding present perfect

I want to know if these sentences means he is still a teacher or not. Here, is been being used as a past participle? He has been a teacher. He has been a plumber.
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Verb 'travel' and adverbial noun

Phrases We traveled 60 miles. 'Distance traveled by light' He worked nine hours. 'Hours worked by employees' Q1. In Oxford dictionary, phrases representing distance following the verb travel are ...
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Shouting/ shouted with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview

As I was studying on participles I came across the following sentence. Shouting with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview at SunTrust. I know the participle phrase in the sentence ...
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Past participle phrase and passive voice

Are they both correct and have the same meaning? The cake eaten by Joe is delicious. The cake was eaten by Joe is delicious. I found this sentence in learning past participle phrase. The boy taken ...
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“There is … to be” vs. “There is … that has to be”

Which of these sentences would be the best to write? There is a house to be built. There is a house that has to be built. I wanted to make sure it would be OK to write 'There is+Noun+to be+past ...
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Omiting relative pronouns

I've been confused with the relative pronouns. I bring the following examples and the result after removing relative pronouns? Are they correct? 1a. This is the window which has been broken by me. ...
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Past tense and past perfect in essays?

I'm writing an essay (fiction) in past tense. He went. She slept. I said. etc. How do I correctly express activity before the time of action ? He went home. But before that he had eaten a sandwich. ...
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are general assumptions in simple or passive way?

If I want to say a general assumption in my process, then should it be in simple present tense or passive form like Small segments locate isolated or close to each other are taken and updated ...
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Usage of “called”

In this sentence Some versions are derived by seeding faults, called mutants, of the original versions. Why do we use called, rather than call?
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Are these two complements?

For one thing, when Seamus Finnigan asked eagerly to hear how Quirrell had fought off the zombie, Quirrell went pink and started talking about the weather; for another, they had noticed that a ...
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What is the participle of “stop working” and should I use it?

I was trying to formulate the present participle form of the sentence "My body slowly stops working". My intuition told me that I should be writing "My body is slowly stopping to work." However I have ...
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Which is the understood subject of “Rejoicing.”

Garbo plays the role of the queen, rejoicing in the love she has found with Antonio. I understand that present participle has an understood subject. So in this case, which one is it? source: https://...
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I felt 'disgust' versus 'I felt disgusted'

Have you ever felt disgust at 'being more sociable' or 'having right connections' beating the merit? I wrote the above sentence but the Grammarly is showing this sentence to be wrong. It asks to ...
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How to differentiate between an adjective and past participal?

See these examples of 'settled' as an adjective and participle Children are settled now in new school.(adjective) Children are settled by the teacher in the bus.(participle) Now all my friends are ...
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what is “ ' s ” in the sentence in bold? [duplicate]

And he gave the boy his belessing. The boy could see in his father' s gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world- a desire that was still alive, despite his father' s having had to bury it,...
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Present tense passive (The moon is made of the same material as earth.)

The moon is made of the same material as earth. I got this sentence from a grammar book as an example of present tense. However, the past participle made is confusing to me. Is this also an example ...
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There are some threads that once pulled unraveled/unravel the whole sweater

Sentence <1> is from oxforddictionaries.com, which I think is incorrect, the correct sentence according to me is <2> 1> There are some threads that once pulled unraveled the whole sweater. 2> ...
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Is it if I ever lost or lose

I'm wondering if the following sentence from this meme is correct Thinking if I ever lost my favourite person person When I sent it to someone, they were like "Shouldn't it be lose instead of ...
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The work is done

Can the phrase The work is done mean that the work is in the process in any context? Or does it always mean that the process of doing the work is finished?
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The grammar of “be buried”

What is the grammar of "be buried" in the following sentences?: The graves have all been found under the houses, right under the floors. And it may be this burial custom that explains why the ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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is + past participle vs is + to be +past participle

When I have to use is + past participle and is + to be +past participle. The water is poured. The water is to be poured. Please help to differentiate.
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Has been or had been

Which one is correct? he is not in this photo as he has been the photographer. or He is not not in this photo as he had been the photographer. Lets say it's been so many years since that particular ...
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Which word is correct word in that situation?

What word should I use in that situation? "right", "entitle", "title" or other word? I don't want use "can". If you have driver license, you have.... to drive a car.
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Why is “had” followed by a past participle while “had to” followed by an infinitive?

"Had" is an auxiliary verb, right? In which case it should be followed by an infinitive. Why is it followed by a past participle in that case? Am I mistaken? Example "she had paid" ...
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Are “done” and “made” interchangeable in this context?

I was writing an abstract of an article and started highlighting the advances in a field of knowledge, so I wrote: "Over the last 10 years, huge advances have been done in the areas of..." ...
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I would like to know if I should use “ran” or “run”

I would like to post in my students play yard, "Only go down the slides, they were not designed to be run/ran up and if this action continues they will break".
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developed or being developed, how different?

Currently, there are several projects being developed to help clean up space junk. If i use developed instead of being developed, the meaning would be changed slightly? Or no difference?
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“did you sign up successfully?” - what's wrong with this sentence?

If someone says, they are going to try signing up on a certain website, how should I check if they managed to do that? Did you sign up successfully? looks very odd, although I can't think of ...
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Is there any wrong with the sentence,'The visit was treated with respect and given ten dollars' [closed]

Whether the subject must be changed to 'the visitor'
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I was chose or I was chosen?

I'm writing a narrative essay and I can't figure out the most correct one between "I was chose" and "I was chosen".
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Rare usage of the expression “Should have (past particle)”

I was taught "should have past particle" expresses 1. regret 2. strong belief, but I feel I don't understand the essence of 'should'. In examples below "should have past particle" seems to mean '...
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what is the between past and past participle in meaning only

He had worked hard. He worked hard. I understand the grammar of both sentences, but i don't know when i should use the first sentence and when use the second.
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Passing test or passed test?

In this video, he says "Now, we have two passing tests." It doesn't make sense to me by saying passing test. I would say passed test instead. Because a test can only be passed, right? How ...
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is “end” the old-fashion past participle as en in taken?

I have noticed the shape of dividend, augend, mimuend. Is end the old-fashioned past participle as en in taken? I looked it up in Oxford Orgin late 15th cent. (in the general sense ‘portion, ...
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to-infinitive or past participle

I want to know the grammar case of these sentences He canceled that order minutes before it was to happen. He canceled that order minutes before it was happened. Why in first sentence "to ...
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Premodification by the past participle stemming from the relative clause

The implication of the word, (which) you are searching for, is as follows... Is it possible (correct, relevant) or at least marginally acceptable to change this sentence allowing discontinuity and ...
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I 'felt disgust' versus 'I felt disgusted'

Have you ever felt disgust at 'being more sociable' or 'having right connections' beating the merit? I wrote the above sentence but the Grammarly is showing this sentence to be wrong. It asks to ...
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been to & gone to: a general rule for specific cases

I understand been to is used for a complete visit and gone to refers to a trip taking place now or the person being there. My question is about the times where it's gets a bit shady. Based on what I ...
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How is “for” used in “Having such a famous man for a father…” ?

Having such a famous man for a father must have had an effect on Jason's childhood. In this sentence I can't understand how for is used. I haven't read such a sentence before so I find it difficult ...
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Is it “Had” or “Have”?

By 2005, ninety countries "had" joined the union. Is it had or have?
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helping verbs in the past tense

irregular-verbs-examples The link above describes some irregular verbs that require helping verbs (i.e., she had begun work before I arrived). I am trying to confirm whether one can choose to use a ...
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What combination of tense and aspect is “It has already been planned”?

I have been learning English grammar and I’ve encountered a sentence that I cannot identify as being in any of the tenses that I know. This one’s got me really confused: It has already been planned....
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Simply using past participle. Is it right?

I was having a conversation with one of my friends. And then he started talking about someone I didn't want to talk about. So I said, "Forget him". He replied, "Forgotten". Huh? Like really what does ...
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Which form of verb (2nd or 3rd) is in these two sentences?

It is the most trusted company It is a branded shirt Do these two sentences use the past or past participle? Which form of verb is there? I often come across similar sentences in my life where ...
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Understanding the past participle “been”

I am sometimes confused about the past participle "been". It is used for duration and for other purpose which I don't know. So, my question is about the uses of "been". I can't judge whether the "...
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How to use past participle to start an adverbial clause?

I am confused about whether the following sentence is a conventional way to form an adverbial clause. Discussed many times, the problem was settled at last. The question is whether this sentence ...
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“Do you know that they gave their wedding guests love spoons with their initials CARVING on them?” in this sentence 'carving' is right?

"Do you know that they gave their wedding guests love spoons with their initials carving on them?" in this sentence is 'carving' right in grammar? In this sentence I(non-native speaker) think '...
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Should “Warren Buffett is quoted as saying” have the word “is” there?

When I was reading a book I notice something weird to me: Warren Buffett is quoted as saying, Why the author use "is" after that the verb "quoted" with the past participle? I think the "is" wrong ...
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Can a past participle be used as a post-modifier?

The slum dwellers are often seen quarreling with each other which seriously affects the psychology of the children belonged to those families. I doubt about its use as a post modifier, if any ...