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He is a good boy.
In the above sentence simple present tense is being used.
He is gone.
In above sentence which tense is being used?
I was told that in simple present tense first form of verb (e.g. go,eat,rise, etc.) is used. But here in the sentence ''he is gone'' third form is being used.
Anonymous:"is" is simple present
"gone" is an adjective
Is this true that simple present tense is being used in passive voice in the following sentence, he is gone?
Jackson6612Hi,Yes, you may say that. However, [he is gone] is more of an idiomatic expression than grammatical in my opinion which merely means one of the followings;
1-“He is no loner here”.
2-“He has passed on, meaning dead”
3-“He doesn’t exist in my life”
If you examine the grammatical structure of [he is gone], it’s equivalent to “I am tired”, “he is interested” and “she is depressed” . All the highlighted words are past participles used as adjectives because of the state of being made to feel a certain emotion or an action is being acted upon.
I am so glad Paul is gone. Working with him was such misery.- In this context, it fit the meaning of # 1 in the above.
[Gone] is an adjective here, whether he was made to leave, fired or voluntarily resigned, [Gone] signifies his absence.
Jackson6612Hi,No you can't say that. Only transitive verbs can have passive voice.
"gone" here is an adjective. Actually, it's a past participle used as an adjective.
"is" is the verb, simple present tense
Is this true that simple present tense is being used in passive voice in the following sentence, he is gone?Absolutely not! to go is an intransitive verb. Such verbs have no passive forms. Only transitive verbs can be placed in passive voice.
gone is a past participle used as an adjective. The sentence as a whole is in present tense.
Centuries ago, the present perfect tense of to go used to be formed with the auxiliary to be instead of the auxiliary to have. Thus, centuries ago, is gone was the present perfect tense of to go.
In modern English, is gone is a present tense form of to be with the adjectival past participle gone, and the present perfect is has/have gone.
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