Student or Learner
Can I use the past progressive with so far?
"That was just plain sloppy. She was having a great time so far!"
Last edited by ostap77; 24-Apr-2011 at 17:14.
1)"She was having a great time so far."
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?
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 ..."