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    Susan had frequent nightmares. She was so troubled that she went to see a psychiatrist. After a short period of treatment, she stopped having nightmares. Since then she has slept/has been sleeping soundly every night.

    Which verb should I use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Susan had frequent nightmares. She was so troubled that she went to see a psychiatrist. After a short period of treatment, she stopped having nightmares. Since then she has slept/has been sleeping soundly every night.

    Which verb should I use?

    Thanks in advance.
    Since then she has slept/has been sleeping/sleeps soundly every night.

    You could even say 'Since then she slept soundly every night.' But most people, especially speakers of British English, would choose one of the first three.
    Last edited by 2006; 27-May-2010 at 23:44. Reason: adding the blue

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    Hi 2006

    Your answer differs from that given by Stitusandrews in that you say several verbs could be used.

    Could I hear from other members, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Hi 2006

    Your answer differs from that given by Stitusandrews in that you say several verbs could be used.

    Could I hear from other members, please?

    Thanks.
    I agree with 2006 on this occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Hi 2006

    Your answer differs from that given by Stitusandrews in that you say several verbs could be used.

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    Thanks.
    Since then’ is the key expression here. The word 'then' in the expression refers to a specific point in the past (which has already been mentioned, in the previous sentence).'Since then' is typically used with the present perfect simple (has slept)or the present perfect continuous(has been sleeping),which can generally be accepted.
    However, because the action becomes permanent in nature present simple is also possible, though use of simple past will not be wrong.

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    I like "has been sleeping". "Has slept", while it indicates up to the moment, it has a sense of finality to it. "Has been sleeping", on the other hand, while it also indicates up to the moment, suggests the possibility of continuance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I like "has been sleeping". "Has slept", while it indicates up to the moment, it has a sense of finality to it. "Has been sleeping", on the other hand, while it also indicates up to the moment, suggests the possibility of continuance.
    I don't think any of the offered tenses suggest what is likely to happen in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I don't think any of the offered tenses suggest what is likely to happen in the future.
    2006: You have sent me scurrying for a response. First, please note that I stated "has been sleeping" in Tan Elaine's example (and many uses of present perfect continuous) "suggests the possibility of continuance" i.e. does not preclude possibility. Second, I have found these excerpts from a variety of sources on use of present perfect continuous:

    1. "The present perfect progressive expresses an action that recently stopped or is still going on. It puts emphasis on the duration or course of the action."(ego4u)
    2. "The present perfect continuous is also used to refer to an event that may or may not be finished when it's effect can be seen now."(learnenglish)
    3. "We use the present perfect continuous to talk about an action or actions that started in the past and continued until recently or that continue into the future." (englishgrammarsecrets)

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    I agree that it is not precluding the possibility where it is current or unfinished, but anything more is a logical deduction and not expressed by the verb form. If I say 'he's been sitting there for an hour', it is likely that he will continue sitting, but he could equally get up and walk off. I would disagree with the englishgrammarsecrets version because I think it overstates the case- they may continue because unfinished and current things often do, but then again they may not. The verb form itself doesn't say anything about the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I agree with 2006 on this occasion.
    Hmm. I'm not so sure I'd use the present simple here, not with 'since then', and I certainly wouldn't use the past simple.

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