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How Do I Explain "Be Born"?

In the sentence "I was born", born is absolutely a verb. Whilst in your mother's womb, she "bore" you, meaning to carry in the past tense. But as the word also means to bring/bring ...
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How Do I Explain "Be Born"?

'Born' is the past participle (of the verb 'bear'), but here used as an adjective. It is spelled that way only when used in the sense of birth (the mother bears the baby). We use the participle 'borne'...
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How Do I Explain "Be Born"?

The word born is not a verb in your example sentence. The American Heritage Dictionary says: born (v.) A past participle of bear. born (adj.) Brought into life by birth. So, in the sentence "I ...
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"He was my father?" vs. "He is my father?"

If he's alive, he IS your father. If he's dead, he WAS your father. However, as long as you are alive you would always say "I am his son". When you are dead, other people will he say "...
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he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all

Then he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all. It was obvious that the time after the paralysis was not good. The writer hence felt that unnecessary to mention and instead ...
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Past simple instead of past continuous 4

3 I cooked when she came in Suggests that you started cooking after she came in. Not the same as being in the process of cooking when she came in. 4 I cooked while she played This means the same as ...
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Simple tenses for (un)finished actions

"The Sun will rise above the horizon." simply says something about a single event that will happen. It may happen every day thereafter or not, the statement says nothing about this. ...
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he begins to feel that the way he had lived was not good after all

The past perfect ("the way he had lived") frames his way of life as that of a former phase of his life. It was the life that he was living before he comes to understand that the way he had ...
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How Do I Explain "Be Born"?

I would say that "I was born" is simply an example of the passive voice. Just as the sentence "I was hugged" essentially means "somebody hugged me," the sentence "I ...
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Which is correct "Had not have any waffles in ages" or "have not had any waffles in ages"?

Had (or have, or had not, or having) cannot govern a base-form verb like "have": it must govern the pp "had". [This is have as the perfect auxiliary, of course. There is a ...
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