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    Sentence Analysis

    hello my name is maglia and I find it real difficult to analays sentences I have some problems with this one: After they have been talking for about ten minutes. I do understand that they is my subject and have been talking is a complex finite verb phrase where have is my primary verb and what is been and talking? and for about ten minutes?
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    Re: Sentence Analysis

    I think that you do not have to narrow everything down, because that is the way it is. Pretty straightforward. There is no grammar in this world; grammar is just something that helps someone to easily understand or memorize something we should know about English Language.

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    Re: Sentence Analysis

    After [adverb; subordinating conjunction]

    they [subject]

    have been talking [present perfect continuous verb]
    e.g. I have been talking for 2 hours straight now and I need to take a break.

    Note, with "after", shouldn't "have been" be had been?

    for [preposition]
    about [adverb]
    ten [adjective]
    minutes [noun]

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    Re: Sentence Analysis

    Welcome, Adios.

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