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    is completed vs has been completed

    Hi,
    Need some advise. Which is the correct one I should use?

    1. The civil work is now completed.
    2. The civil work has now been completed.

    Thank you!

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    Re: is completed vs has been completed

    2 is correct. If you wish to use 1, then you must change completed to complete: The civil work is now complete​.

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    Re: is completed vs has been completed

    Hi JamesMag,
    Thanks for replying. May I know what's the difference between;

    1. The civil work is now complete
    2. The civil work has now been completed

    Thanks

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    Re: is completed vs has been completed

    Well in this context they both have the same meaning, it's just two ways of making the point. Complete is an adjective, therefore 1 is describing the state that the civil work is in. Completed, however, is the past participle of the verb to complete, and through making it passive (been completed​), it effectively acts as a description.

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    Re: is completed vs has been completed

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMag View Post
    Well in this context they both have the same meaning, it's just two ways of making the point. Complete is an adjective, therefore 1 is describing the state that the civil work is in. Completed, however, is the past participle of the verb to complete, and through making it passive (been completed​), it effectively acts as a description.

    Thank you! Appreciate very much.

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