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    "The picture that was hanging here last year has been in the museum now."

    Should I use the present perfect or the present simple with "in the museum"?

    How would you change this sentence using a participal "The picture......"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "The picture that was hanging here last year has been in the museum now."

    Should I use the present perfect (only if you say something like "for three moths now) or the present simple with "in the museum"?
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    Default Re: was hanging

    Well I'm not a teacher but I would rather change this sentence into:

    "The picture that has been hanging here last year is in the museum now."

    I'm not sure if it's right however, it would make more sense to me as you're saying in perfect that picture in question was "doing" something some time ago and changed said "doing" during time.

    If I confused you much further, I'm sorry as I'm not quite good at explaining things :)

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: was hanging

    Quote Originally Posted by FoxySmart View Post
    "The picture that has been hanging here last year is in the museum now." X
    With a past-time expression such as 'last year' we use a past tense, 'hung' or 'was hanging', not a present perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxySmart View Post
    Well I'm not a teacher but I would rather change this sentence into:

    "The picture that has been hanging here last year is in the museum now."

    I'm not sure if it's right however, it would make more sense to me as you're saying in perfect that picture in question was "doing" something some time ago and changed said "doing" during time.

    If I confused you much further, I'm sorry as I'm not quite good at explaining things :)

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    Well would have been OK, if it had not been for "the last year".

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    Default Re: was hanging

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Well would have been OK, if it had not been for "the last year".
    Not really - if it's not hanging here any longer, then we would normally use a past tense.

    The present perfect is not impossible, though we would normally expect some present-time context, such as a blank space on the wall, or a recent-past marker such as 'until very recently'.

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