General Writing and Grammar Help/has been, was


Hope you are well. Please look at A) and B).

Do both of them mean that the building is still destroyed? And if so, what is the difference between between A) and B)? When should we use A) and when B) in our speeches?

A) the building IS destroyed

B) The building HAS BEEN destroyed

Thank you

Hello Hame,

a) is present tense in the passive voice.
b) is present perfect tense in the passive voice.

Both are correct depending on the context (meaning) that the writer wants to convey.  For the present perfect tense, the writer is trying to convey that the action is something that already happened.  The perfect tenses help the writer convey the order that things occur.  The present tense is self-explanatory.

Hope this helps,

Dr. D

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