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    Re: take a bus

    "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he takes/is taking a bus."

    Compare these two sentences:
    1 "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but now he takes a bus."
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    2 "Last year, her father often drove his car to his office, but this year he is taking a bus."


    In (1), 'then' (past tense) he drove his car, 'now' he takes a bus. These are facts, separated by time - then versus now - but having no time duration.

    In(2), 'this year' : includes 'all of this year': today; possibly for days or weeks before this, earlier this same year; and for the time period of the rest of the year. We are dealing with an action over a time period, and hence, the Present Continuous Tense.

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    #12

    Re: take a bus

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi Stuart!
    I haven't seen you here very often.
    welcome back!

    p.s.: should I have said "I haven't seen you here lately"?

    Thanks - I guess it's kind of apt that my absence has been largely due to my being more busy in one-on-one English tuition.

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