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What is the present perfect form of the sentence 'he was ill'?


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2012-05-03 02:13:56
2012-05-03 02:13:56

To form the present perfect tense, a past participle must be combined with the helping verbs, have, or has (present tense). In this case the verb is 'to be' and its past participle is 'been.' The answer is, "He has been ill."

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