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    Default present perfect+by+present perfect

    "By the time you've hit your late twenties you've dated a few people. It's common courtesy to pretend that you haven't."

    I can't figure out why two present perfects have been used in the first sentence. Would it mean action in the future?

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    Default Re: present perfect+by+present perfect

    No.

    When you have reached an advanced age, as I have, you have read lots of questions like that.

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    Default Re: present perfect+by+present perfect

    Doesn't "When you've reached ..." mean " after you've reached.." here? If it's about a moment in the past, why wasn't it put like this "By the time you hit your late twenties you had dated a few people."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Doesn't "When you've reached ..." mean " after you've reached.." here? If it's about a moment in the past, why wasn't it put like this "By the time you hit your late twenties you had dated a few people."?
    It's not about a moment in the past. It's a general observation. 'You' here is 'people in general'.

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    I'm confused. Does it refer to the present, the past or the future? If it's a general observation, why isn't it just "By the time you hit your late twenties you've dated a few people."?
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    Default Re: present perfect+by+present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If it's a general observation, why isn't it just "By the time you hit your late twenties you've dated a few people."?
    That's also possible.

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