I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct?

What's the difference if both are correct?

The recent discovery of a subterranean sea, deep inside earth, has scientists excited.

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    They are both correct, with the Time rendering striking a less formal register. Jun 15, 2014 at 8:05

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Based on my own feeling:

"has scientists excited" sounds more like they have been and still are excited


"has excited scientists" sounds like they were excited and might not be anymore.

Neither are incorrect though.

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    When you excite a scientist, the scientist eventually falls back to its ground state. Jun 15, 2014 at 18:23
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    Neither is incorrect. Jun 15, 2014 at 18:23
  • @200_success Neither is you. Aug 21, 2014 at 16:32

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