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    Simple Present Vs Present Perfect Continuous

    Here is the sentence used by an English teacher in youtube's videos.
    "I find it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date."
    Here, simple present is used instead of present perfect continuous.
    When should I go for simple present instead of present perfect continuous?

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    Ravi

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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Perfect Continuous

    (Today) I find it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date (last week.)

    you could also say:
    "I am finding it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date."

    The verb tense is written how you feel presently, based on what happened in the past.





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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Perfect Continuous

    I feel present continuous you have used is addressing only the present situation.
    Is it also talking about how you feel in the complete period after the incident happened?

    Can I use,"I have been finding it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date"?

    Thanks,
    Ravi


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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Perfect Continuous

    "I am finding it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date."

    The 'ever since' makes the tense in this sentence incorrect.
    Compare:
    "I am finding it awkward working with Peter because i once turned him down for a date."
    The meaning of the tense is that I am currently working with Peter and find it awkward.

    "I have been finding it awkward working with Peter ever since I turned him down for a date"

    I was working with Peter at the time he asked me to go out on a date. I declined; and ever since, I have been feeling uncomfortable/awkward working with him. (Peter and I are still working together.)

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