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    is married vs has been married

    hello,
    I like to know what is the difference between ;

    1) John is married for twenty years.
    2) John has been married for twenty years.

    when do I use which?

    Thank you,

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    I think #2 "John has been married for twenty years." is correct. I can't think of a situation where #1 would be correct.
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    ... married

    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

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    Re: is married vs has been married

    Quote Originally Posted by LMK
    hello,
    I like to know what is the difference between ;

    1) John is married for twenty years.
    2) John has been married for twenty years.

    when do I use which?

    Thank you,
    I agree with Red. The second is correct.

    One hears the first, particularly in some regions of the US, but it is not strictly correct. :wink:

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    Re: ... married

    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.
    Yes, but this is not the present perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

    The present perfect continuous would be:

    Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

    :wink:


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    Re: ... married

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.
    Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

    The present perfect continuous would be:

    Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

    :wink:
    1:1 - my tense / your typo

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    Re: ... married

    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.
    Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

    The present perfect continuous would be:

    Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

    :wink:
    1:1 - my tense / your typo
    For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:


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    Re: is married vs has been married

    Quote Originally Posted by LMK
    hello,
    I like to know what is the difference between ;

    1) John is married for twenty years.
    2) John has been married for twenty years.

    when do I use which?

    Thank you,
    I am of the same opinion that the second should be correct as you've mentioned the time -- How long? The present perfect suits for it.

    :wink:


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    Re: ... married

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.
    Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

    The present perfect continuous would be:

    Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

    :wink:
    1:1 - my tense / your typo
    For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:
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    Re: ... married

    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.
    Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

    The present perfect continuous would be:

    Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

    :wink:
    1:1 - my tense / your typo
    For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:
    Only when cheating. Or attempting such an act. Scouts honor - will do better. May I stay?
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