have been ,has been, had been

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Jul 15, 2014
by: rajesh

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Jul 28, 2013
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May 06, 2013
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Dec 16, 2011
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Nov 10, 2011
by: Ola Zur

This would be quite a long answer.

I think the best is to check these words in a good and simple dictionary:


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Feb 25, 2011
by: Ola Zur

Sure! That's what I'm here for :)

"Have been", "has been" and "had been" are all different forms of the verb BE.

Here are some examples with explanations:

I have been a designer since 1994.
Meaning: I started my design career at 1994, and it continued up until now.
This sentence is in the Present Perfect tense.

You have been away from work since last week.
Meaning: You left work last week, and haven't come to work since.
This sentence is in the Present Perfect tense.

Lisa has been a great teacher to us for many years.
Meaning: Lisa started teaching us many years ago. She continued to teach us up until now, and she was great.
This sentence is also in the Present Perfect tense.

These are the rules for the Present Perfect tense:
I, you, we, they --> HAVE BEEN
He, she, it --> HAS BEEN

But other than that, HAVE BEEN and HAS BEEN have the same meaning.

Now, HAD BEEN is in the Past Perfect tense.
Joe had been a good doctor before he started losing his memory.
Meaning: Joe used to be a good doctor. Then, at some point, he started to lose his memory. So he wasn't a good doctor any more.

They had a lovely marriage until the mother in law moved in.
Meaning: They used to get along very well, but then the mother in law moved in to live with them, and then they started to have problems.

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