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    Is it grammatically correct to say: "I live here all my life." or should it be only: "I have lived/have been living here all my life."

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    Hi,

    Correct one is "I have been living here all my life."

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    Selva

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    Default Re: I live

    "I have lived here all my life" is also correct.

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    Default Re: I live

    The reason why I am asking is that I can see it sometimes said this way:

    1) I live here all my life, always in the same apartment. My father and mother live here.
    The Corpse With the Silver Tongue


    2) "How old d'ya think I am?" he asked. I undershot. "Seventy-five?" "Ha!" he laughed (delighted by the figure). "Ha! I'm ninety- two. Yessir, ninety-two last winter, an' I live here all my life.
    Tales of a Low-Rent Birder


    3) I live here all my life, see? Is all the time call like Pailetaville. Where is the dump?
    Gumbo Ya-Ya: Folk Tales of Louisiana


    I wonder did the authors use this tense on purpose just to show that those characters were not educated or something or is it really acceptable in some varieties of English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I wonder did the authors use this tense on purpose just to show that those characters were not educated or something
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    or is it really acceptable in some varieties of English?
    It is not acceptable in any standard variety of English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msselvakumar93 View Post
    Hi,

    Correct one is "I have been living here all my life."

    Regards,
    Selva
    Your suggestion is correct, Selva, but please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    'You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.'

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: I live

    Your examples are all taken from very informal conversation, and it seems that one of the people quoted is a native French speaker, so strict rules of English syntax etc don't necessarily apply and might sound inauthentic in the context of the story.

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    Last edited by JMurray; 27-Dec-2012 at 10:09.

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