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    I said +Present Perfect

    "I said, he's been my friend for 38 years." Does the Present Perfect need to be backshifted to the Past Perfect?

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    Re: I said +Present Perfect

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    "I said, he's been my friend for 38 years." Does the Present Perfect need to be backshifted to the Past Perfect?
    What is the context for this?

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    Re: I said +Present Perfect

    Ladies and gentlemen, I was backstage and the stage director, a lovely young woman, was telling me that she was the stage director, and I told her how well I take orders. (Laughter.) And Larry was speaking, and I said, you see that man? I said, he's been my friend for 38 years. And she looked at me like, that's not possible -- (laughter) -- not that I don't look that old, but that she wasn't born, I don’t think -- when she said it. (Laughter.)

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    Re: I said +Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Ladies and gentlemen, I was backstage and the stage director, a lovely young woman, was telling me that she was the stage director, and I told her how well I take orders. (Laughter.) And Larry was speaking, and I said, you see that man? I said, he's been my friend for 38 years. And she looked at me like, that's not possible -- (laughter) -- not that I don't look that old, but that she wasn't born, I don’t think -- when she said it. (Laughter.)
    In that context the present perfect is correct.

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    Re: I said +Present Perfect

    Is it because he will know him in the future?

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    Re: I said +Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it because he will know him in the future?
    It's because he is there and he is still his friend.

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