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    Is he still living there?

    Here's an interesting question: if someone tells you that "Joe speaks good Spanish because he has lived in Spain for two years" - would that mean that Joe is still living in Spain now, or it it possible that his living in Spain took place at some indefinite time in the past and it's a case of "resultative perfect"?

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    Re: Is he still living there?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighPriest View Post
    Here's an interesting question: if someone tells you that "Joe speaks good Spanish because he has lived in Spain for two years" - would that mean that Joe is still living in Spain now, or it it possible that his living in Spain took place at some indefinite time in the past and it's a case of "resultative perfect"?
    I think I would have to ask for clarification. To me, it could mean "he has lived there for two years and still lives there" or simply "he has lived there for two years". I would probably be inclined to think he was still there but it wouldn't be absolutely clear.

    If you said "he has lived there for two years now" I would know he was still there.

    If you said "he lived there for two years" I would know it was over and he now lives somewhere else.

    If you said "he's been living there for two years", I would know he was still there.

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    Re: Is he still living there?

    I would probably be inclined to think he was still there but it wouldn't be absolutely clear.
    That's the answer I was looking for! Thanks!

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