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    Default help - present perfect confusion!

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    a)Maria has been in Mexico twice.
    b)Juan has been in Mexico since last June.

    Why is the same tense used in both of these sentences?

    Thank you for your help!

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    Default Re: help - present perfect confusion!

    In the first, we have no indication of when she went and it is unfinished time in the sense that she is still alive and can go again. If we know she is never going to return to Mexico, we could use the past tense.

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    Default Re: help - present perfect confusion!

    Hi, Mva,
    M. has been to Mexico twice.
    It's the so-called experiential perfect.
    I've never eaten mutton.

    The other sentence demonstrates another case of its usage -sth started in the past (last June) and is still going on (she is still here).
    We have lived here for 20 years/since 1988.

    Regards

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