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    have been living until she cools off

    I just heard the following phrase."But my wife and I had a little spat a few weeks ago and I've been living until she cools off." Would this usage of the Present Perfect Progressive be similar to when people might be saying in conversation " We've been living together for....next month."?
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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    I think there is a word missing. Does he stop living once she has cooled off?

    "I've been living in a hotel" or "at a friend's house" makes sense.

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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    Or simply "I've been living here ..." if the location is clear or has already been mentioned. Knowing the dialogue around that line might help.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    I was going to type "here" but accidentally left it out.

    It's part of what was said in a scene that comes from an episode of a TV show. A guy comes back to his office late at night. He sees his employee is still there.

    B. "Are you sleeping here? What's going on?"

    E. "OK. Fine. Not that it's any of your business but my wife and I had a little spat a few weeks ago and I've been sleeping here until she cools off."
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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was going to type "here" but accidemtly left it out.
    You put it in the wrong place. "Living here until."

    Yes, it's the same grammar. An ongoing situation. "I have been living here" = I started some time in the past and the situation still is ongoing.

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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    If I were asked by my co-worker how long I'd been and was going to be working for a company, could I say "I've been working here until I get a promotion."?
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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I were asked by my co-woreker how long I'd been and was going to be working for a company, could I say "I've been working here until I get a promotion."?
    No.

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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    Would it be any different to what's been told in my previous post?
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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it be any different to what's been told in my previous post?
    I don't think either one is acceptable. The present perfect is not appropriate in those examples, in my opinion.

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    Re: have been living until she cools off

    The grammar in the original is not good, that's true but at least with the missing word "here" it makes some kind of sense. It should have been "I'm living here until she cools off" or "I'll live here until she cools off". As we know, TV and film dialogue is frequently ungrammatical.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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