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    Present Perfect and Present Perfect Cont

    Hello,
    could you help me and explain such situation:
    In test (ENGLISH PAGE - Verb Tense Exercise 8) exercise 7

    ....I (see) Judy for more than five years and during that time I have (see) many changes in her personality. .....

    Words in the brackets are need to stay in correct form (PP or PPCont). But see not used in Continuous form. Why in the first case correct answer is have been seeing?
    Thanks a lot in advance!


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    Re: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Cont

    I'm not sure what you mean when you write, "But 'see' not used in Continuous form", because the correct answer is the Continuous form: 'have been seeing'

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    Re: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean when you write, "But 'see' not used in Continuous form", because the correct answer is the Continuous form: 'have been seeing'
    Thanx,
    but in Murphy "English grammar in use" (unit 4 about Continious tense) write "some words are not normally used in continuous tense: like, love, want, need, prefer, SEE etc..."


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    Re: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Cont

    Some verbs do not have a Continuous form; and some verbs that have different meanings may not have a Continuous form for all its different meanings.

    'see' is one of those. In the sentence, 'see' does not mean 'perceive with the eyes in his head', but 'to meet regularly with', 'to consult' ( and the girl has apparently been consulting this man for some years). With this meaning, the action can be regarded as going on over a period of time, hence, 'have been seeing'/"I am seeing her regularly for treatment".

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    Re: Present Perfect and Present Perfect Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Some verbs do not have a Continuous form; and some verbs that have different meanings may not have a Continuous form for all its different meanings.

    'see' is one of those. In the sentence, 'see' does not mean 'perceive with the eyes in his head', but 'to meet regularly with', 'to consult' ( and the girl has apparently been consulting this man for some years). With this meaning, the action can be regarded as going on over a period of time, hence, 'have been seeing'/"I am seeing her regularly for treatment".
    Oh, I get it!
    Thank you very much, David. It is excellent explanation!

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