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Have vs. Have Been: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on January 14, 2024
"Have" indicates possession or experience, while "Have Been" is used in perfect tenses to show an action's connection to the present.
Have vs. Have Been

Key Differences

Have refers to possessing or experiencing something. It is a present tense verb used to describe ownership, relationships, or experiences. Have Been, however, is the present perfect tense of "be," indicating a state or action that began in the past and continues into the present.
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In grammar, Have is a main verb and auxiliary verb for present perfect tense. It conveys direct action or possession. Have Been serves as an auxiliary verb for present perfect continuous tense, emphasizing the duration of an action or state from past to present.
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Have can stand alone as a main verb or work with other verbs to create perfect tenses. It's straightforward in its application. Have Been, as part of the present perfect continuous tense, always pairs with a present participle, highlighting ongoing actions or states.
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Usage of Have often relates to experiences, possessions, or actions in a simple, present context. Have Been suggests a link between past actions or states and the present, focusing on the continuity or effect of these actions.
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Have can also express necessity or obligation, as in "You have to see this movie." Have Been lacks this function and is strictly used in continuous or perfect tenses to describe actions or states extending from past to present.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Function

Indicates possession or experience.
Indicates continued action or state.
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Grammatical Role

Main verb or auxiliary verb.
Auxiliary verb in perfect tenses.
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Tense Association

Present tense.
Present perfect continuous tense.
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Focus

Direct action or possession.
Duration and continuity of action.
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Usage in Sentence Structure

Can be a standalone verb.
Always used with a present participle.
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Have and Have Been Definitions

Have

"I have a car."
Ownership of something.
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Have Been

"I have been traveling."
Ongoing action of travel.
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Have

"I have a brother."
Describes a personal connection.
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Have Been

"I have been tired lately."
Describes a continuous state.
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Have

"I have to work today."
Expresses necessity or duty.
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Have Been

"I have been studying for hours."
Indicates ongoing activity over time.
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Have

To be in possession of
Already had a car.
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Have Been

"I have been to Spain."
Experience linking past to present.
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Have

To possess as a characteristic, quality, or function
Has a beard.
Had a great deal of energy.
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Have Been

"I have been working at this company for five years."
Continual employment.
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Have

To possess or contain as a constituent part
A car that has air bags.
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To occupy a particular relation to
Had many disciples.
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To possess knowledge of or facility in
Has very little Spanish.
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Have

To hold in the mind; entertain
Had doubts about their loyalty.
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Have

To use or exhibit in action
Have compassion.
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To come into possession of; acquire
Not one copy of the book was to be had in the entire town.
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To receive; get
I had a letter from my cousin.
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Have

To accept; take
I'll have the peas instead of the spinach.
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Have

To suffer from
Have defective vision.
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Have

To be subject to the experience of
Had a difficult time last winter.
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To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion
Had my assistant run the errand.
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To cause to be in a specified place or state
Had the guests in the dining room.
Had everyone fascinated.
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Have

To permit; allow
I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.
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Have

To carry on, perform, or execute
Have an argument.
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To place at a disadvantage
Your opponent in the debate had you on every issue.
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(Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception
They realized too late that they'd been had by a swindler.
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Have

(Informal) To influence by dishonest means; bribe
An incorruptible official who could not be had.
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Have

To procreate (offspring)
Wanted to have a child.
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To give birth to; bear
She's going to have a baby.
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Have

To partake of
Have lunch.
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Have

To be obliged to; must
We simply have to get there on time.
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Have

To engage in sexual intercourse with.
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Have

Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action
The troublemaker has gone for good. I regretted that I had lost my temper. They will have finished by the time we arrive.
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Have

One enjoying especially material wealth
"The gulf widens between the feast of the haves and the famine of the have-nots" (Salman Rushdie).
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Have

(transitive) To possess, own.
I have a house and a car.
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Have

(transitive) To hold, as something at someone's disposal.
Look what I have here—a frog I found on the street!
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Have

(transitive) To include as a part, ingredient, or feature.
The stove has a handle. The shirt has sleeves.
The words cow and dog have three letters.
A government has three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial.
The movie has lots of action.
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Have

(transitive) Used to state the existence or presence of someone in a specified relationship with the subject.
I have two sisters.
She doesn’t have any friends.
I have a really mean boss.
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Have

(transitive) To consume or use up (a particular substance or resource, especially food or drink).
I have breakfast at six o'clock.
You've already had five drinks!
She's had more than enough time already.
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Have

(transitive) To undertake or perform (an action or activity).
Can I have a look at that?
He's having a tantrum about it.
I’m going to have a bath now.
Let’s have a game of tiddlywinks.
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Have

(transitive) To be scheduled to attend, undertake or participate in.
What class do you have right now? I have English.
Fred won’t be able to come to the party; he has a meeting that day.
I have a lot of work to do.
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Have

To experience, go through, undergo.
We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
He had surgery on his hip yesterday.
I’m having the time of my life!
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Have

To be afflicted with, suffer from.
He had a cold last week.
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(auxiliary verb, taking a past participle) Used in forming the perfect aspect.
I have already eaten today.
I had already eaten.
I will have left by the time you get here.
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Have

Used as an interrogative verb before a pronoun to form a tag question, echoing a previous use of 'have' as an auxiliary verb or, in certain cases, main verb. (For further discussion, see the appendix English tag questions.)
They haven’t eaten dinner yet, have they?
Your wife hasn’t been reading that nonsense, has she?
He has some money, hasn’t he?
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Have

See have to.
I have to go.
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Have

(transitive) To give birth to.
The couple always wanted to have children.
My wife is having the baby right now!
My mother had me when she was 25.
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Have

(usually passive) To obtain.
The substance you describe can't be had at any price.
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(transitive) To engage in sexual intercourse with.
He’s always bragging about how many women he’s had.
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Have

(transitive) To accept as a romantic partner.
Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
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To cause to, by a command, request or invitation.
They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
Her very boyfriend is the person the criminal has do most of her dirty deeds.
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Have

To cause to be.
He had him arrested for trespassing.
The lecture’s ending had the entire audience in tears.
Jim has his eyes closed.
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Have

To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week.
I’ve had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
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Have

To depict as being.
Their stories differed; he said he’d been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening.
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Have

To defeat in a fight; take.
I could have him!
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Have

To inflict punishment or retribution on.
You broke the window! Teacher’ll have you for that!
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Have

To be able to speak (a language).
I have no German.
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Have

To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
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Have

To trick, to deceive.
I bought a laptop online but it never arrived. I think I've been had!
You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
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Have

To allow; to tolerate.
The child screamed incessantly for his mother to buy him a toy, but she wasn't having any of it.
I asked my dad if I could go to the concert this Thursday, but he wouldn't have it since it's a school night.
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Have

To believe, buy, be taken in by.
I made up an excuse as to why I was out so late, but my wife wasn't having any of it.
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Have

(transitive) To host someone; to take in as a guest.
Thank you for having me!
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Have

(transitive) To get a reading, measurement, or result from an instrument or calculation.
What do you have for problem two?
I have two contacts on my scope.
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Have

To consider a court proceeding that has been completed; to begin deliberations on a case.
We’ll schedule closing arguments for Thursday, and the jury will have the case by that afternoon.
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Have

To make an observation of (a bird species).
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A wealthy or privileged person.
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Have

(uncommon) One who has some (contextually specified) thing.
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A fraud or deception; something misleading.
They advertise it as a great deal, but I think it's a bit of a have.
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Have

To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
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Have

To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has.
He had a fever late.
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Have

To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?
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Have

To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
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Have

To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.
I had the church accurately described to me.
Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also?
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Have

To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
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To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor.
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Have

To cause or force to go; to take.
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To take or hold (one's self); to proceed promptly; - used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun; as, to have after one; to have at one or at a thing, i. e., to aim at one or at a thing; to attack; to have with a companion.
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To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.
Science has, and will long have, to be a divider and a separatist.
The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction.
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Have

To understand.
You have me, have you not?
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Have

To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him.
Myself for such a face had boldly died.
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Have

A person who possesses great material wealth
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Have

Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;
She has $1,000 in the bank
He has got two beautiful daughters
She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
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Have

Have as a feature;
This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France
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Have

Of mental or physical states or experiences;
Get an idea
Experience vertigo
Get nauseous
Undergo a strange sensation
The chemical undergoes a sudden change
The fluid undergoes shear
Receive injuries
Have a feeling
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Have ownership or possession of;
He owns three houses in Florida
How many cars does she have?
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Have

Cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;
He got his squad on the ball
This let me in for a big surprise
He got a girl into trouble
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Have

Serve oneself to, or consume regularly;
Have another bowl of chicken soup!
I don't take sugar in my coffee
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Have

Have a personal or business relationship with someone;
Have a postdoc
Have an assistant
Have a lover
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Have

Organize or be responsible for;
Hold a reception
Have, throw, or make a party
Give a course
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Have

Have left;
I have two years left
I don't have any money left
They have two more years before they retire
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Have

Be confronted with;
What do we have here?
Now we have a fine mess
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Have

Undergo;
The stocks had a fast run-up
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Have

Suffer from; be ill with;
She has arthritis
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Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;
The ads induced me to buy a VCR
My children finally got me to buy a computer
My wife made me buy a new sofa
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Have

Receive willingly something given or offered;
The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter
I won't have this dog in my house!
Please accept my present
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Have

Get something; come into possession of;
Receive payment
Receive a gift
Receive letters from the front
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Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);
She suffered a fracture in the accident
He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars
She got a bruise on her leg
He got his arm broken in the scuffle
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Have

Achieve a point or goal;
Nicklaus had a 70
The Brazilian team got 4 goals
She made 29 points that day
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Have

Give birth (to a newborn);
My wife had twins yesterday!
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Have

Have sex with; archaic use;
He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
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Have

"I have visited London."
Indicates past experience.
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Have

"I have a cold."
Describes experiencing an illness.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "have been" always followed by another verb?

Yes, "have been" is always used with a present participle (verb ending in -ing).
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When is "have been" used?

"Have been" is used in perfect tenses to indicate a continuous action or state from past to present.
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What does "have" express in a sentence?

"Have" can express possession, experience, relationship, or obligation.
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Does "have been" imply a completed action?

Not necessarily; it can refer to ongoing actions or states.
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Can "have" be used in questions?

Yes, as in "Have you seen my keys?"
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Is "have been" appropriate for describing temporary states?

Yes, especially if the state continues to the present.
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Does "have" always need an object?

Generally, yes, when used to express possession or experience.
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Can "have" stand alone as a verb?

Yes, "have" can function as a main verb on its own.
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Can "have" indicate past experiences?

Yes, in present perfect tense, "have" can describe past experiences affecting the present.
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Can "have" express necessity?

Yes, it can express obligation or necessity, like in "I have to go."
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Is "have been" used for actions that are still happening?

Yes, it often indicates actions or states that started in the past and continue to the present.
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Is "have been" used in present perfect tense?

Yes, it's used in the present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses.
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Is "have been" used in passive voice constructions?

Yes, it can be used in passive voice in perfect continuous tenses.
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Can "have" be contracted in informal speech?

Yes, like "I've" for "I have."
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Can "have" be used to talk about health conditions?

Yes, "have" is commonly used to describe health conditions, like "I have a headache."
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Is "have" used in idiomatic expressions?

Yes, such as "have a good time."
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What is the difference between "have" and "have been" in terms of time?

"Have" is present tense, while "have been" connects past actions or states to the present.
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Can "have" be replaced with "have got" in some contexts?

Yes, especially in British English, like "I've got a car."
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Does "have been" always refer to a long duration?

Not always, but it often implies a significant time span.
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Can "have been" describe repeated actions?

Yes, especially in contexts like "I have been visiting that café for years."
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Pulley vs. SheavePulley vs. Sheave
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A pulley is a wheel on an axle designed to support movement and change of direction of a taut cable, while a sheave is the wheel part of a pulley system that specifically interacts with the cable.
Nuclear Family vs. Joint FamilyNuclear Family vs. Joint Family
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Nuclear Family is a family unit consisting of parents and their children. Joint Family is a larger family structure comprising parents, children, and other relatives living together.
NM3 vs. M3NM3 vs. M3
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Catapult vs. TrebuchetCatapult vs. Trebuchet
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A catapult is a ballistic device using tension or torsion to launch projectiles, while a trebuchet is a type of catapult using a counterweight for greater force and distance.
Slazenger Logo vs. Puma LogoSlazenger Logo vs. Puma Logo
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The Slazenger logo features a panther, symbolizing agility and tradition, while the Puma logo depicts a leaping puma, representing speed and strength.
Vital Proteins Collagen vs. OrganikaVital Proteins Collagen vs. Organika
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Vital Proteins Collagen is a brand offering collagen supplements for health and beauty, while Organika is a broader health and wellness brand with diverse products including collagen.
Data Roaming vs. Cellular DataData Roaming vs. Cellular Data
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December 25, 2023
Data Roaming allows usage of mobile network services outside of the home network area, while Cellular Data is using mobile services within the home network.
5'11" vs. 6'0"5’11” vs. 6’0″
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February 4, 2024
The difference between 5'11" and 6'0" is one inch, with 5'11" being 71 inches and 6'0" being 72 inches tall.
Pycharm Community vs. Pycharm ProPycharm Community vs. Pycharm Pro
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February 4, 2024
PyCharm Community is a free, open-source IDE for Python development, while PyCharm Pro is a paid version with additional advanced features like web development support and database tools.
4D Battery vs. 8D Battery4D Battery vs. 8D Battery
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February 7, 2024
4D batteries are smaller, heavy-duty batteries used in commercial applications, whereas 8D batteries are larger, providing more power and capacity for large vehicles and machinery.
Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5
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January 1, 2024
Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance and durability compared to its predecessors, while Gorilla Glass 5 focuses on enhanced drop protection and toughness.
DDR3 vs. DDR3LDDR3 vs. DDR3L
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January 29, 2024
DDR3 is a type of RAM with standard voltage (1.5V), while DDR3L is a low voltage variant (1.35V) compatible with both 1.5V and 1.35V slots.
Explain vs. DefineExplain vs. Define
Dua FatimaDua Fatima
June 22, 2024
Explaining involves detailing or clarifying a concept, often including context and examples, whereas defining means stating the exact meaning of a word or phrase, typically in a concise manner.
Traditional Trade vs. Modern TradeTraditional Trade vs. Modern Trade
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Traditional trade involves local, small-scale, often personalized commerce; modern trade is characterized by large-scale, technology-driven, and impersonal retail environments.
NDM vs. FTPNDM vs. FTP
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February 15, 2024
NDM (Network Data Mover) automates and secures data transfers across networks, while FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a standard network protocol for transferring files between computers.
Fluid vs. LiquidFluid vs. Liquid
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 13, 2024
Fluids encompass all substances that flow (including gases and liquids), while liquids specifically refer to fluids with a definite volume but no fixed shape, adapting to their container.
Crane vs. HeronCrane vs. Heron
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
June 24, 2024
Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds known for their elaborate dances, while herons are typically more solitary, stealth hunters with a distinctive S-shaped neck.
Char vs. VarcharChar vs. Varchar
Dua FatimaDua Fatima
June 23, 2024
Char stores fixed-length strings; efficient for known sizes. Varchar stores variable-length strings, saving space for shorter inputs.

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