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Monday, July 8, 2013

Can you please tell me how to say "have you been" in 3 different contexts? The first is "How have you been?" as you would ask someone you haven't seen in a while. The second is "Have you been practicing English?" or "Have you been reading your Bible?" - implying an ongoing activity. And the third is "Have you ever been the beach, on an airplane, etc." Thanks so much. Your site is so helpful. I visit often!

Dakò :)

I. How have you been? (sounds like you're asking someone what he/she's generally been up to from the time you hadn't seen him/her to the present)
The three best ways to say this would be:

Ban m nouvèl ou.

Kisa w regle (or Sa'w regle?, Sa'w regle menm?)
Kisa w fè? (or Sa'w fè?, Sa'w fè menm?)
But you can also say:
Kouman ou ye
Kouman ou ye menm?
Kijan ou ye?... etc

II. See verb tense in Creole; perfect tenses

Have you been practicing your English?
Eske w'ap pratike Angle ou?

Have you been reading your Bible?
Eske w'ap li Bib ou?

III. With these types of questions, you do fall into the passive voice which is hard to do in H. Creole.  So you will focus on the main verb and how it's translated in Creole.  Here is a variety of examples"

Have you ever been...
Eske ou janm...?

to go to the beach → ale nan plaj, ale laplaj
Have you ever been to the beach?
Eske ou janm al nan plaj?

to be on an airplane → monte avyon
Have you ever been on an airplane?
Eske ou janm monte avyon?

to be in love → renmen, tonbe damou
Have you ever been in love?
Eske ou janm renmen?

to be fired → revoke
Have you ever been fired from a job?
Eske yo janm revoke w nan yon travay?

to be heartbroken → atriste, gen kè brize
Have you ever been heartbroken?
Eske w janm gen kè w brize?

Have you ever been on TV?
Eske w janm parèt nan televizyon?

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