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    Present Perfect

    Hello !

    I have 2 questions :

    Why do we say "i have lived in London for a long time" and not "I lived in London for a long time" ?

    Annnd why do we say "i want you back" and not "i want you TO back" ?

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Kco13 View Post
    Hello !

    I have 2 questions :

    Why do we say "i have lived in London for a long time" and not "I lived in London for a long time" ?

    Annnd why do we say "i want you back" and not "i want you TO back" ?

    Thanksss:]
    Hello, Kco. Please ask unrelated questions in separate threads. Please try to type your posts carefully. You want help. If you make you posts more readable, you have a better chance of getting it.

    1) "I lived in London..." and "I have lived in London..." are both correct sentences but they mean different things. What do you think could be the difference?

    2) We don't say, "I want you to back," because "back" isn't a verb in this sentence. It's an adjective. Someone is back when they have returned (from wherever they have been). "I want you back" means the same as "I want you to have returned". (But the latter is very unnatural.)

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Ohh no problem!

    1) Well,i've tried to find the answer...but i don't know...Maybe "I have lived in London for a long time" means that i'm still living in...so if i'm right,why don't we say " I've been living in London for a long time" ?

    2) I get it. Thnaks!

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Kco13 View Post
    Ohh no problem!

    1) Well,i've tried to find the answer...but i don't know...Maybe "I have lived in London for a long time" means that i'm still living in...so if i'm right,why don't we say " I've been living in London for a long time" ?
    Please note that typing carefully involves capitalizing the word "I" (it's not "i"), and using spaces properly with punctuation marks. Take a look at this:

    Well, I've tried to find the answer but I don't know. Maybe "I have lived in London for a long time" means that I'm still living in London. So, if i'm right, why don't we say "I've been living in London for a long time"?

    More readable, isn't it?

    Yes,

    I have lived in London...

    may mean that you are still living there.

    I have been living in London...

    means the same thing. But

    I lived in London...

    can't.

    Try googling

    "I have lived" "I have been living"


    and

    "I've lived" "I've been living"

    (just like this, with the quotation marks).
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 30-Nov-2011 at 04:06. Reason: Incorrect punctuation in my corrections. Sorry.

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