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  1. smac
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    Mr.

    Can you tell me the easiest way to explain to a student why we say:

    How long have you been married? (present perf. cont.) and not How long have you been marrying?. As we would say How long have you been driving?

    Why does married have the ED ending and not the ING ending?

    Thank you

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    Re: Mr.

    In your example, I'd say that 'married' could be seen as an adjective. However, with state verbs we often use the present perfect for unfinished states. We tend to use the progressive form with temporary states, rather than to show it's unfinished.
    With action verbs, we use the progressive to show that is unfinished.


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    Re: Mr.tdol

    Thanks a lot. It was very helpful.

    smac

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    Re: Mr.tdol

    You're welcome.

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