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Thread: has / it has (omission of subject at the beginning of a sentence)

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    has / it has (omission of subject at the beginning of a sentence)

    Can a phrase initiate with "has"? or it is necesary to put "it has".
    Example: "has been designed a new system..."

    Thanks.

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    Re: "has" or "it has"

    In English you usually need to put the subject in front of the verb, so the correct sentence would be:

    A new system has been designed [by X]

    or, in an active construction:

    X has designed a new system ...

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    Re: has / it has (omission of subject at the beginning of a sentence)

    I agree with James. In English a question may start with "Has", for example:

    "Has a new system been designed yet?"

    EDITED to correct a typographical error

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