Was/Was been

Discussion in 'English Only' started by danielenglish, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. danielenglish

    danielenglish Banned

    "India - Hindi & English"
    Hi teachers,

    Please let me know the difference between " I was not able to do it/I was not been able to do it".

    And ,Kindly explain me where should I use 'was been " correctly.

    Thanks in advance
    (I like english)
  2. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London but from Yorkshire
    English - England
    I think, Daniel, you can safely work on the assumption that was been is never correct.

    I was not able to do it is fine.

    Maybe you are really thinking of the distinction between I was a bus conductor and I was being a bus conductor?
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2008
  3. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    I had been able to do it would work in some constructions, e.g. if I had been able to come, I would have seen you.

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