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    present perfect progressive+when+present perfect

    "I just spoke with the nanny. No sign anyone's been following her when she's been out with the baby."

    I heard this on episode 8 of "The Listner". Why would the speaker use this grammar?
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    Re: present perfect progressive+when+present perfect

    The time periods during which the non-following and the being out have taken place extend from the past up to the present. The present perfect is frequently used for such time periods.

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    Re: present perfect progressive+when+present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The time periods during which the non-following and the being out have taken place extend from the past up to the present. The present perfect is frequently used for such time periods.
    If the speaker wanted just to state the fact not to extand from the past up to the present, he could have said "No sign anyone was following her when she was out with the baby."?

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    Re: present perfect progressive+when+present perfect

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    Re: present perfect progressive+when+present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes
    "I read two newspapers when was cooking dinner."

    If I wanted to extend something that happened in the past up to the presen, could I say "I've read two newspapers when she's been cooking dinner."?

    Basically If I want to emphasize events that happend in the past simultaneosly, I change the past simple to the past perfect and past progressive to the past perfect progreesive.?
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