Re: Tense Confusion: Present/Past Perfect vs. Present/Past Perfect Progressive
Maria Altmann is now 90 years old and the rightful heir of the painting. For almost 8 years (duration) the aAmerican lady had been fighting for the restitution of the famous portrait and of four other paintings, which her uncle Ferdinard Bloch-Bauer bequeathed to her.
Can we say: For almost 8 years (duration) the American lady fought for... (as a finished action in the past)?
Originally Posted by 5jj
If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)