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"have been" instead "have" #1 (permalink) Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:47 am   "have been" instead "have"
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #120 "Perfect Tenses", question 1

Many people ......... tried but no-one has succeeded so far.

(a) did
(b) have been
(c) were
(d) have

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #120 "Perfect Tenses", answer 1

Many people have tried but no-one has succeeded so far.

Correct answer: (d) have

Your answer was: incorrect
Many people have been tried but no-one has succeeded so far.
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Have tried #2 (permalink) Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:58 am   Have tried
 

Hi Goran,

If you write have been tried, you are using the passive form. Here you need the active form: Many people have tried...

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Have tried #3 (permalink) Sat Feb 04, 2006 15:44 pm   Have tried
 

Alan wrote:
Hi Goran,

If you write have been tried, you are using the passive form. Here you need the active form: Many people have tried...

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When we use "so far"?
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So far #4 (permalink) Sat Feb 04, 2006 16:43 pm   So far
 

Hi Bittu,

So far means up till now/up to this moment as in: It hasn't snowed in London so far this year. No snow has fallen up till today.

Note the expression: So far so good, which means up to this moment everything is fine.

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