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    can/want + present perfect

    Hello,

    which sentences are correct?

    1) She can't walk for two years.
    2) She has not been able to walk for two years.
    3) She has not been being able to walk for two years.

    1) She wants to visit him for two years.
    2) She has wanted to visit him for two years.
    3) She has been wanting to visit him for two years.

    Thank you in advance.


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    Re: can/want + present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Hello,

    which sentences are correct?
    A)

    1) She can't walk for two years.
    2) She has not been able to walk for two years.
    3) She has not been [being] able to walk for two years.

    B)

    1) She wants to visit him for two years.
    2) She has wanted to visit him for two years.
    3) She has been wanting to visit him for two years.

    Thank you in advance.

    A) 1 and 2 are possible English sentences, #3 is not, unless you take out 'being'.

    B) All 3 are grammatical but the meanings are different. Number 1 is odd because it says that she wants to make a visit lasting for two years.

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