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    present perfect x past perfect

    Hi there,

    I gotta a question: (is it ok gotta)?

    I'd like to know which is the correct form is these present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous examples:

    > I have been writing my essay for over an hour when I decided to start over with a new topic.

    > I had been writing my essay for over an hour when I decided to start over with a new topic.

    Please tell me why I should use either present perfec continuous or past perfect continuous.

    Thanks a lot

    Adeexpress

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    Re: present perfect x past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by AdeExpress View Post
    Hi there,

    I gotta a question: (is it ok gotta)?

    I'd like to know which is the correct form is these present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous examples:

    > I have been writing my essay for over an hour when I decided to start over with a new topic.

    > I had been writing my essay for over an hour when I decided to start over with a new topic.

    Please tell me why I should use either present perfec continuous or past perfect continuous.

    Thanks a lot

    Adeexpress
    1. No, "gotta" is not OK.
    2. Past perfect continuous is correct in that context.

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    Re: present perfect x past perfect

    1. Past perfect continuous is correct (your second example) because you are describing a past action that was completed before another past action. In your first example, using present perfect continuous states the action up to the present and then you revert to simple past which is not correct or, for that matter, not logical.
    2. Although you will hear "gotta", "gonna", "wanna", "shoulda", "woulda", "coulda" in everyday conversation and they are generally accepted in that manner, they are not in my vocabulary when writing even in the most informal correspondence. My recommendation is to avoid at all cost.

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    Re: present perfect x past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by AdeExpress View Post
    Hi there,

    I gotta a question: (is it ok gotta)?
    In any case, you mean "I've got a question".
    So your question is doubly wrong.
    Also, "gotta" generally means "got to" not "got a". That's three strikes!

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