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    #1

    the house

    Dear teachers,
    I want to replace the sentence:
    I look at the house which have been renovated by my uncle since last year.
    With the sentence:
    I look at the house being renovated by my uncle since last year.

    Is it possible to get rid of Present Perfect in this sentence or it is obligatory?
    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: the house

    I tried a few different ways, but the "has been Xing" keeps coming up.

    Which has been undergoing renovation for a year.
    Which my uncle has been renovating for a year.

    It applies to the present, and it's an ongoing process, so the present perfect continuous (I think that's the right name) does seem to be necessary.

    I suppose something like ", nearing the end of a year-long renovation by my uncle," would work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: the house

    Thank you, that really helped me:)

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