Q&ACategory: GrammarHow to use have been, have being, had ?
coconz Asked 2 years

Don’t know how to use these words to describe about past things. 
Can anyone expalin it, I’ll be really appreciate it.

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iamuwajimaya Staff answered 2 years

This question is hard to answer because it is so vague. Grammar including ‘have’ and ‘had’ are so common I could write a book about it. My feeling is that you were in a big hurry when you wrote this question. So, I have a request to all people asking questions here:
 
If you would like me to take time to explain an answer very clearly, please take time to write a clear question.
 
Ok, with that out of the way, let me explain what I can.
 
First, ‘have being’. This is not English grammar. Forget it.
 
Second, ‘have been’:
 
Have + past participle (been, taken, seen) is called the Present Perfect Tense.
This tense is used for things which are currently true but focus on the past.
 
Examples:
I have been to Denmark 8 times.
I haven’t seen that movie yet.
I have taken out a huge loan.
I’ve never eaten monkey brain.
I’ve taught students from around the world.

Now, there is another version of this. 
Subject + have / has + been + —ing or Subject + have / has been + a state (condition)
This is different. It is used when something began in the past and is also going on now, it is still happening, or at least, until this point.

Examples:
I’ve been living at the North Pole since 1997
You’ve been eating too much recently.
She’s been here for a long time.
My grandma has been old ever since I can remember.
We’ve been dating for 30 years. 
We’ve been married for 2 days. 
 

 
 
I guess the questioner wants to say, ‘had been’ and not just had. Just using ‘had’ is simple. It’s the simple past verb of ‘has’.
Like this:
I had breakfast at 10.
I had a book but I lost it.
I had no idea what to do.
 
But, ‘had been’ is more complex, so I’ll talk about that.
 
had + been + —ing or had + been + condition
This is used to describe something which began in the past, went on for a while, then ended in the past. It doesn’t continue to the present.
Examples:
I had been skiing on weekends until my car accident.
I had been living in Dubai for several years before Dubai Tower was completed. 
She had been thinking about buying a car for a year, so she finally did it.
 
or, simply things which happened in the past and then another thing happened, also in the past
Examples:
I had already bought two cars, but I really wanted a third. I bought a Volvo.
We had visited Sweden the year before, so we knew the culture pretty well.
They had told me they weren’t coming, so when they showed up I was really shocked. 
 
OK, so I hope that makes it more clear. 
 
Please ask more clear questions. You’re making me work too hard. 

iamuwajimayaiamuwajimaya Staff replied 2 years ago

No worries, just a bit vague.

coconz replied 2 years ago

I’m sorry, I’ll make my questions more clear next time.Thank you for answering, that helps a lot!

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