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    Default present perfect progressive with past simple

    "The criminal, who we've been tracking down for the last couple of weeks, got away."

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    "The criminal, who we've been tracking down for the last couple of weeks, has got away."

    Can I use the present perfect progressive with the past simple or I'd better use it with the present perfect?
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I use the present perfect progressive with the past simple or I'd had I better (or would it be better to use it with the present perfect?
    Both your sentences are possible.
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    Hi.
    May I ask a question here?

    Isn't "whom" required in those sentences?

    The criminal, whom we've been tracking down for the last couple of weeks, got away.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    In the sentence
    "The criminal, we've been tracking down for the last couple of weeks, has got away.
    I believe this got should be replaced by gotten (has gotten away), shouldn't it?
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    In the sentence
    "The criminal, we've been tracking down for the last couple of weeks, has got away.
    I believe this got should be replaced by gotten (has gotten away), shouldn't it?
    Hi, BrunaBC!
    I think 'got' is OK.
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    You're right tzfujimino! Thanks a lot
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    Regarding the "whom" -- either delete the commas so it tells you which criminal (the one we've been tracking), or insert the "whom" to add the additional information that the known criminal has been being tracked.

    And yes, in American English, it's "gotten." That got/gotten thing trips me up every time.
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    the additional information that the known criminal has been being tracked
    It warms my heart to see a present perfect progressive passive.

    ps. I should have noticed the missing 'who(m)' in the original post. Sorry about that . Well spotted, tzfujimino
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    You know, I thought about that before I finalized the post, and decided it really was the most straight-forward way to say it. That is, it had been being thought about!
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    Default Re: present perfect progressive with past simple

    So there's no difference whether to use the present perfect or the past simple in the final part,is there?
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