So have <been> mechanisms to distribute

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Source:

Philosophy and Health Care Reform - The Atlantic

Sample sentence:

Mechanisms to distribute tin without prices have been tried, and found wanting. So have <been> mechanisms to distribute practically every other good you can think of, from housing to hotdogs.

Question:

Does the sentence work both with and without the word "been"?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    Does the sentence work both with and without the word "been"?
    The second sentence works without "been" but not with it. The point of using "So have" is that the verb needn't be repeated. It means the same action as specified earlier applies.
     
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