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    Cool 2 quesitons on tenses

    1) I dared myself to use 'on' instead of 'about' because I've seen this somewhere. Are they both ok?

    I'd really like to know the answers to the following two questions. Much obliged if anyone can shed some light, please.

    - someone says "I've lived in Paris for seven years." ==> Does he still live in Paris now?

    My interpretation: no, because present perfect tense signifies something from the past till the present. He has just finished living in Paris. If he's still living in Paris, he should say, I have been living in Paris for seven years [if he insists on making it clear that he's been there for 7 years]

    - This is from a text: "America was now top nation" ==> was + now is certainly confusing

    My interpretation: Well, possibly, the narrator or whoever says that was telling a story and to achieve some sort of authenticity? or making the chronological order clear? he's using 'now'. He positions himself with the development of history, as it were, moving forward together as he tells the story/development. Using 'then' --> America was then top nation --> is possible, I guess, when we're standing from the present looking back at the past.

    What do the others think?

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    Re: 2 quesitons on tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    1) I dared myself to use 'on' instead of 'about' because I've seen this somewhere. Are they both ok?
    I don't understand that question.

    - someone says "I've lived in Paris for seven years." ==> Does he still live in Paris now? Yes.

    - This is from a text: "America was now top nation" ==> was + now is certainly confusing.

    now
    is “used in stories or reports of past events to describe a new situation or event


    It was getting dark now and we were tired."


    now adverb (AT PRESENT) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
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    Re: 2 quesitons on tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    1) I dared myself to use 'on' instead of 'about' because I've seen this somewhere. Are they both ok?
    I don't understand that question.
    He most probably wants to know whether using "on" instead of "about" in the thread title is OK. (two questions on/about tenses)

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    Re: 2 quesitons on tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    He most probably wants to know whether using "on" instead of "about" in the thread title is OK. (two questions on/about tenses)
    Sorry for confusing you guys. So both are OK?

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    Re: 2 quesitons on tenses

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    If one says I've lived in Paris for 7 years, it means he still lives there? Really?

    I thought the present perfect means something has just finished and he should say I've been living in Paris for 7 years?

    thanks again

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    Re: 2 quesitons on tenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Sorry for confusing you guys. So both are OK?
    I don't see any difference between "a question on" and "a question about". So I'd say yes. Someone correct me please if I'm wrong about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    If one says I've lived in Paris for 7 years, it means he still lives there? Really?

    I thought the present perfect means something has just finished and he should say I've been living in Paris for 7 years?

    thanks again
    Yes, present prefect is used like that. Also, it is used for situations/actions that started at some time in the past and are still going on. This is the case with your sentence. You could also say "I've been living in Paris for 7 years", with very little to no difference in meaning in this context. The use of present perfect continuous just suggest that the speaker feels that living in Paris for 7 years is not a long time. You shouldn't say "I've been living here all my life", because one rarely feels that "all their life" is not that long a time. "I've lived here all my life" would sound more natural.

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