What is \"had to be paid\" here. I'm trying to describe it to someone and I yes, really don't get it. Is the a tense? What type of building is this?

\"Jimmy had actually been eliminated in the war.\"

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Past-perfect tense, for when you're already talking in previous tense, and need to convey that an additional event happened even prior to that. Choose past-tense-ception.

The son wouldn't have been eliminated in the past if the ransom had actually been paid even farther back in the past.

Good question, TIL.


Perhaps the past-perfect in the OP's example is being used in order come convey some kind of modality in meaning, choose that the situation(s) being defined is not most likely or is in reality counterfactual to reality.

(Aside: consider for comparison purposes, \"The boy will have actually been exit if the ransom was paid.\")


So once I say \"had been paid\" that's previous perfect? ns thought past perfect would simply be \"had paid\"...how walk the \"been\" acquire to be in there?


You are best that had paid is the previous perfect. The been is forming a passive. Passive are formed with be + verb'en. V had been paid the had is forming past tense and perfect aspect, the been is creating perfect aspect and also the passive, and also paid is developing the passive.

So that auxiliary be is forming the passive & acquisition the past participle -en to finish forming the perfect, kind of favor a two-in-one auxiliary.

Edit: If you're still not sure, think around it - is the ransom the one act the paying? the ransom had actually been paid is have not in energetic the ransom had paidX. This is because agents require sentience.


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The child wouldn't have been eliminated if the ransom had been paid.

What is \"had been paid\" here.

That expression involves a past perfect construction and also a passive construction:

\"had been\" : a previous perfect. (Consider \"He had been there before.\")

\"been paid\" : a be-passive. (Consider \"He was paid yesterday.\")

A past perfect has two previous tenses in it: a primary past tense as result of \"had\", a an additional past tense because of the perfect building and construction itself (i.e. The perfect usage of \"been\").

In your example, the previous perfect's two previous tenses room being provided where one previous tense is used for past time while the various other past it s too dirty is being supplied for modality.

The form of modality involved in your example is the of modal remoteness (e.g. The speaker doubts the proposition) or counterfactually (e.g. A non-real situation that is no possible).

Specifically, your instance has the type of a remote conditional construction, which is often used by a speaker who's cynical of a proposition or who's describing a counterfactual situation. This type of building contrasts against an open conditional construction, i m sorry is neutral as to a situation(s) in reality being true or coming to be true or had actually been true.

Consider:

\"The boy will have actually been exit was paid>.\"

\"The son wouldn't have been eliminated had been paid>.\"

The speak of version #1 is neutral, w.r.t. Opinion, regarding the propositions to express in the spoken sentence -- thus, the usage of the open up conditional construction.

But for version #2, it deals with something the is counterfactual, because that the speaker knows for a reality that the ransom was not paid. The modality of that counterfactual-ness is expressed by the use of 2 extra past-tense verbs:

the usage of \"would\" (past-tense verb -- one past tense) instead of \"will\" (present-tense verb),

and the use of \"had been\" (past-perfect -- two previous tenses) instead of \"was\" (a straightforward past-tense verb -- one previous tense).

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The counterfactual modality of the OP's variation (#2) is gift expressed by the usage of the previous tense the \"wouldn't\" (instead of \"won't) and by one of the previous tenses in \"had been\" (instead that \"was\").

For the above #2 version, below is the matching open conditional construction: