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    be/have been

    I would like to know the difference in the meaning between "1" and "2".
    1. I am sick with flu.
    2. I have been sick with flu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference in the meaning between "1" and "2".
    1. I am sick with flu.
    2. I have been sick with flu.
    #1 You are sick with the flu NOW.
    #2 You have been sick with the flu for some time in the past until the present moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    #1 You are sick with the flu NOW.
    #2 You have been sick with the flu for some time in the past until the present moment.
    How is "NOW" different from "the present moment"?

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    #4

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    Also, in #2 your sickness may be finished, you might be feeling better now.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    How is "NOW" different from "the present moment"?
    Did IHIVG say it's not the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Also, in #2 your sickness may be finished, you might be feeling better now.
    Then "you" should say 'I was sick with the flu.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Did IHIVG say it's not the same?
    (S)he did. (S)he answered the question about their difference with two supposedly different explanations.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference in the meaning between "1" and "2".
    1. I am sick with flu.
    2. I have been sick with flu.
    The two sentences are used in different contexts. Examples:
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    A: What's the matter?
    B: I am sick with the flu.


    A: Why haven't you been working for the past week?
    B: I have been sick with the flu.
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    In both cases, the person is still sick with the flu. (If I had been sick but I no longer am sick, I would say I was sick.)

    Context is always important.


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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    How is "NOW" different from "the present moment"?
    I meant that you may have recovered, you're probably feeling well now - (in #2).

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Then "you" should say 'I was sick with the flu.'
    Not in all contexts. Can't you imagine a situation where "I have been sick with the flu" would be an appropriate thing to say?

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