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    so far + past progressive

    Can I use the past progressive with so far?

    "That was just plain sloppy. She was having a great time so far!"
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    Re: so far + past progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I use the past progressive with so far?

    "That was just playing sloppy. She was having a great time so far!"
    No. "So far" would indicate up to the present time but is not a good fit with past continuous. Better to use another past action or "until now". And I think you mean "plain sloppy".

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    Re: so far + past progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Yes, but what does the first of the sentence mean? Did you mean, "That was just plain sloppy"?
    Yes. I've already corrected it. It's an extract from a monolog from a TV-show "Wipe out". If a person was overcoming hurdles and slipped off the platform, what would be the difference?

    1)"She was having a great time so far."

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    2)"She has been having a great time so far."

    In 1) I would be just stating the fact that she was doing great before she slipped off? In 2) I would be emphasizing and extanding it up to the present moment? I guess it could have been used colloquialy?

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    Re: so far + past progressive

    Ostap, TV shows are not the best places to catch 'good' English.

    As I have suggested in other threads about other tenses, what grammars and course books present as English is very often what moderately careful speakers say in 'civilised' conversation, or write semi-formally.

    In real life, in unprepared situations, we come out with all sorts of things that are difficult to justify grammatically. In TV shows, both scripted and unscripted, people sometimes come out with expressions that are different from what we might expect, for humorous effect.

    The answer to "Can we use ...?" is very often going to be "Not normally, but ..."

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