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    Progressive/simple

    I have some phrases where I'm not sure wheter to use progressive or simple tenses(my answers are in bold, everything else is given), please check:

    (the person is asked how's his Spanish)
    1. I guess I'm fluent, but I'd better be; by next January I will have worked on it for ten years. I still make plenty of mistakes, though!

    I mean, he's still working on it, so I probably should use the progressive, but I'm not sure.
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    (the person is describing someone else)
    2. "You know how much she keeps her emotions in control." (the other variant is "is keeping")
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    3. "The spanish women I've met since I got here weren't that way at all!" --- haven't been, by any chance? (at the second)

    Thanks.

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    Re: Progressive/simple

    Quote Originally Posted by flocosix View Post
    I have some phrases where I'm not sure whether to use progressive or simple tenses space before bracket (my answers are in bold, everything else is given). Please check:

    (the person is asked how his Spanish is)
    1. I guess I'm fluent, but I'd better be; by next January I will have worked on it for ten years. I still make plenty of mistakes, though!

    I mean, he's still working on it, so I probably should use the progressive, but I'm not sure.

    I would use "I will have been working on it ..."
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    (the person is describing someone else)
    2. "You know how much she keeps her emotions in control." (the other variant is "is keeping")
    "Keeps" is fine. You're talking about a habit. She always keeps her emotions in control.
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    3. "The spanish women I've met since I got here weren't that way at all!" --- haven't been, by any chance? (at the second)
    I prefer "weren't". You could even use "aren't".

    Thanks.
    See above.

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    Re: Progressive/simple

    I agree with emsr2d's thoughts about #1 and #2. I prefer haven't been or aren't for #3, but weren't is fine. It's just a personal preference.

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    Re: Progressive/simple

    Quote Originally Posted by flocosix View Post
    I have some phrases where I'm not sure wheter to use progressive or simple tenses(my answers are in bold, everything else is given), please check:

    (the person is asked how's his Spanish)
    1. I guess I'm fluent, but I'd better be; by next January I will have worked on it for ten years. I still make plenty of mistakes, though! OK.

    I mean, he's still working on it, so I probably should use the progressive, but I'm not sure. With "by", either future perfect or future perfect progressive ("will have been working") can be used.
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    (the person is describing someone else)
    2. "You know how much she keeps her emotions in control." (the other variant is "is keeping") "Keeps" (always under control / simple present)
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    3. "The Spanish women I've met since I got here weren't that way at all!" --- haven't been, by any chance? (at the second) Either simple past or present perfect could be used, but I would stay with PP: "haven't been"Thanks.
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    Re: Progressive/simple

    (the person is asked how his Spanish is)
    Gosh, I keep making this mistake. @_@

    Thanks, everyone.

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