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    #1

    present perfect

    1-They have been very happy since they have lived in London.

    Are they still in London?

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    #2

    Re: present perfect

    I'd interpret that as 'because they have lived' (to make sense of the perfect) and it implies to me that they have left London.

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    #3

    Re: present perfect

    Thanks TDOL,
    How about:
    2-They have been happy since they have been lving in London.
    Doesn't this one imply that they are still there?


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    #4

    Re: present perfect

    Hi, navi,

    Interesting!

    I saw your question yesterday but I wasn't sure of my answer. My take was same to tdol. I was thinking about your question while I was walking to a language school.

    I came across this sentence,

    I have studied Chinese since I was 8.

    I'm definitely not 8 now, so this would apply to your sentence--they have left London.
    Last edited by blacknomi; 24-May-2005 at 16:49.


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    Re: present perfect

    They have been very happy since they have lived in London.
    Does it sound natural?

    I think whether they still live there isn't that necessary. What counts more is they are happy now.

    Since when?

    Since they lived in Lodon.

    They may be still there and maybe not. Happiness remains in the air.

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