Dear all,

For Present Perfect tense we use [HAS / HAVE] + [past participle] like:
1. You have grown since the last time I saw you.
2. The government has become more interested in arts education.
(http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html )

Why in example 2 become is used instead of became? Shouldn't it be in simple past form?

Thanks and regards
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present past past participle

come came come

become became become

I know it is tricky but that's English Emotion: smile
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TechgeekDear all,

For Present Perfect tense we use [HAS / HAVE] + [past participle] like:
1. You have grown since the last time I saw you.
2. The government has become more interested in arts education.
(http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html )

Why in example 2 become is used instead of became? Shouldn't it be in simple past form?

Thanks and regards

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Any "compound" tense is formed with the proper form/tense of 'have' + the past participle (no matter what the tense of 'have'. "Earlier in the year I had been named head of the department." "Next year I will have earned another degree." [even if it didn't happen: "If I had known that, I would have eaten more for dinner."]
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Thanks pal... I really appreciate it.
>2. The government has become more interested in arts education.

>Why in example 2 become is used instead of became? Shouldn't it be in simple past form?

No, because it's related to the present, it's not at some remote past time. What they really want to say is:

2. The government has recently/lately become more interested in arts education.
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Anonymous:
Hi all,

it's just one of those irregular verbs that doesn't follow the rules that most verbs do, so we just have to learn and accept them the way they are Emotion: smile But I guess they evolved with the speech, as human speech and language evolves through times and follows convenience or just random habbits too (not only well made rules. Emotion: smile It's all okay that way.
Anonymous:
Hi all,

Well this answer is true and perfectly correct. Plz go by this explanation.
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