‘Is used,’ ‘has been used,’ and ‘was used’ all sound a lot alike, but they’re used in different scenarios. Wondering which ones? We’ll cover that below, plus teach you how to use the correct phrases in a sentence.
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You’d use each of these phrases when changing tenses.
As you just learned, all of these phrases are correct to say, but in different circumstances.
You know that they’re all in different tenses, which means they’d be used somewhat differently in a sentence, similar to the phrases ‘has been/have been/had been,’ ‘it has/it have,’ and ‘she has/she have.’
But before we get into that, let’s quickly define the common word.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of ‘use’ is “to put into action or service: avail oneself of: employ,” “to expend or consume by putting to use – often used with up,” “to consume or take (liquor, drugs, etc.) regularly,” “to carry out a purpose or action by means of utilizing,” “to behave toward: act with regard to: treat,” “used in the past with to indicate a former fact or state,” and “to take illicit drugs regularly.”
It’s also defined as “the act or practice of employing something,” “the fact or state of being used,” “a method or manner or employing or applying something,” “the privilege or benefit of using something,” “the ability or power to use something (such as a limb or faculty),” and “the legal enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice.”
Synonyms for the word include:
We learn that in writing, we can write in more than one tense.
The most basic forms are simple present, simple past, and simple future.
Here’s an example of that:
But there’s also present continuous, past continuous, and future continuous.
Here’s what that looks like:
Then, there’s present perfect continuous, past perfect continuous, and future perfect continuous.
Take a look at some examples of that:
Finally, we have present perfect continuous, past perfect continuous, and future perfect continuous.
Now, take a look at how to use ‘is used,’ ‘has been used,’ and ‘was used’ in a sentence correctly.
Tenses can be tricky, but if you need a guide on how to use the above phrases correctly in a sentence, we’ve got you covered.
Take a look at how to use ‘is used’ in a sentence:
Now, let’s look at how to use ‘been used’ in a sentence correctly:
Check out ways to use ‘was used’ in a sentence correctly:
Remember how to use these phrases can be tough, especially if you’re learning English for the first time, especially phrases like ‘he and I/he and me’ and ‘he and I/him and I.’
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