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    Default simple or perfect tense?

    Would you say:

    A) I have many years of interest in your company
    B) I have had many years of interest in your company

    You are still interested in the company

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    I would say 'I have been interested in your company for many years'.

    Always end a sentence with a punctuation mark.

    Rover
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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by bridge78 View Post
    Would you say:

    A) I have many years of interest in your company
    B) I have had many years of interest in your company

    You are still interested in the company
    "I have been interested in your company for many years."
    "I have had an interest in your company for many years."
    Neither of your sentences work naturally.

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would say 'I have been interested in your company for many years'.

    Always end a sentence with punctuation mark.

    Rover
    Does the word company here mean ...
    ... "2 the fact of being with someone; companionship"? ⇒ I enjoy her company
    Definition of company | Collins English Dictionary

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Does the word company here mean ...
    Probably not.

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    I assumed you were talking about a business, an organisation or similar. I thought you were perhaps speaking to the boss of a large company and wanted to let him/her know that you had been interested in that business for many years.

    If you want to talk about being friends with someone, or "being in their company", then you would say "I have been interested in being in your company for many years" or, informally, "I've been interested in hanging out with you for a while!"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Apr-2013 at 12:30.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    THANKS!

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    Default Re: simple or perfect tense?

    Again, there's no need to shout THANKS. Just click the Like button when you get a useful answer.

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