Compare 1) and 2) with 3):
1) *she dominated (dominate) me in every detail of my life for more than twenty years."
=> He is still married.
2) *for these past three weeks I worked (work) for that damned painting firm."
=> He still works there.
3) I have been (be) here now for four months . . . .
4) "But what have you done (you-do) since we left (leave) school?"
==> Also, what have you been doing since you left school?
5) *You lived (live) the way I had dreamed (dream) of living when I was a teen."