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Hi, Teachers

I had read some books and i saw something like this "Tom and Jim are in the room."

Later, i have seen this sentence

Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been of" the highest standard recently.

- What's difference between have been and are?

- What's difference between in and of?

please take a look at these sentences.

Set A.
1.) Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been of" the highest standard recently.

2.) Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "are of" the highest standard recently.

or

Set B.
3.)Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been in" the highest standard recently.

4.) Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "are in" the highest standard recently.

Which one is the most correct generally for English native speaker?
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best regards
very thank you
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A1, A2, B3, and B4 are all virtually identical. There is no "generally correct" one. But if it helps you to know this, I personally would say A1.

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In the 'B' set, 'in the highest standard' is OK with you, Jim? I don't recall hearing that. 'Of or to the highest standard' I've heard.

PS: Never mind. I googled and found some-- I guess you're right!
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Hi, Mr. Micawber,

The problem with some of these is that I'm an "accepter".
I seem to recall a study done on this sort of thing years ago (which I can't quote now, of course) which found that, where grammar is concerned, some people are accepters, some are rejecters.

When the meanings come through to me without any "dissonance", I sometimes accept even non-standard word choices! Perhaps I need to pay closer attention!

Now that I think about it, "in" is not the most felicitous choice in the sentences at hand, but (obviously) it's not something I'd go to the cross over!

Take care,
CJ
I guess that makes me a rejecter here... well, I can accept that.
This is the sentence that i met from a book.

Tom has agreed that Jim's performances "have been of" the highest standard recently.

In that book, "have been of" was wrote.
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The sentence that you saw in the book is correct.
I hope that answers your question!

CJ