"She is gone". The verb "gone " is on the participle form, isn't it?


I have a question…. Talking about this sentence:” She is gone”. The verb “gone ” is on the participle form, isn’t it? Well, I leart that I use the participle verbs just to talk in senteses on the participle…. but the sentence start with the verb to be in the present… Can you understand or I am wrong???

‘Gone’ is indeed the Past Participle form of the verb ‘go’.

However, it is also an adjective that means ‘absent/departed‘ or ‘dead‘.

  • ‘Where’s Mary? I haven’t seen her for a while’ ‘She is gone.’ (She is not here, she has left this place.)
  • ‘I want Joe to come back!’ ‘I’m sorry, darling. You’ll have to accept that he is gone.’ (He has left and not coming back- he may be dead.)

In the above examples the word ‘gone’ is an adjective, just like ‘happy’, ‘sad’ or ‘tall’. That means it needs to be preceded by the verb ‘to be’. (He is happy. She is sad. I am tall.)

Just to add to Mel’s answer, if you are not using the adjective form then the past participle of the verb ‘go’ should be used with the present perfect tense not present simple.
So you would say ‘She has gone’ not ‘is’.
I hope that helps!

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