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    Present perfect

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    Is it correct to say this in English: 'I have finished the book for three days'?

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    Re: Present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by liliumcandidum View Post
    Hello,
    Is it correct to say this in English: 'I have finished the book for three days'?

    Thank you!
    No, it's not. It's not clear what you want to say; perhaps, "I finished the book three days ago", "I finished the book in three days", "I have finished the book. It took three days"?
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    Re: Present perfect

    Thank you. I thought so too. I dared ask this question because many of my students come up with wrong formulations like that, formulations that they have heard in spoken English and which I have to correct. Their argument is that if others (sometimes natives) say this, it must be correct. Not to mention that they sometimes do litteral translation, Romanian-English.

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