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    would Americans say this

    Here's the example I've borrowed from Kosro. Would Americans say something like this?

    ""But other than that, I have never been riding around to hear a RAWR and then have a cougar tear my face off."

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    Re: would Americans say this

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No. What does it mean?
    Would you use the present perfect progressive with "ever" or "never" to talk about past experince?

    "Have you ever been cooking in the kitchen or working with sharp tools?"

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    Re: would Americans say this

    You can use the progressive, but only to talk about something else that happens during that time.


    Have you ever been working in the kitchen, with dough all over you hands, and had the phone ring?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: would Americans say this

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can use the progressive, but only to talk about something else that happens during that time.


    Have you ever been working in the kitchen, with dough all over you hands, and had the phone ring?
    The use of the progressive would be incorrect "Have you ever been playing soccer? instead of "Have you ever played soccer?"?

    Here are the examples I pulled up from the Net

    ""I'm a bit adventurous, so I said why not, even though I'd never been hiking , let alone really been to the wilderness before. Yes, I'd been car camping but a long... long time ago and I wouldn't call those populated camp grounds the wilderness."

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    "Seriously, I have never been riding in such a big group. It was really a great feeling to see small kids and old folks riding on their bikes."
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    Re: would Americans say this

    You're at it again, Ostap. We discussed this in ever+present perfect progressive never+present perfest

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