have + been + past participle: what tense?

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portuguese and english
I'm losing my mind trying to find out what tense exactly is
have + been + past participle
probably is a dumb question.. but i really have to know. =))
  • Giorgio Spizzi

    Senior Member
    Maybe the example offered by Natalisha is a little sophisticated in that it contains a passive form of "tell" which is rather peculiar to English. I would invite manoona to think of the following pair: "Jack has eaten the cake" and "The cake has been eaten by Jack". The 1st contains a Present Perfect (Active) whilst the 2nd contains a Present Perfect Passive. More formally: Jack + HAS + eatEN + the cake —> The cake +HAS + beEN+ eatEN + by Jack.
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