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    are / have been

    1) Many companies have been using this product/method to improve their business.
    2) Many companies are using this product/method to improve their business.

    Which one is correct? What are the differences?

    Thanks.

    (the companies are still using this product/method now)

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    Re: are / have been

    They are both correct. "They are" means that they are doing so right now. "They have been" admits multiple possibilities: 1) they have been and still are doing so, and 2) they have been doing so but have since ceased (unlikely but grammatical, and 3) they have been doing so but are considering stopping.
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    Re: are / have been

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    They are both correct. "They are" means that they are doing so right now. "They have been" admits multiple possibilities: 1) they have been and still are doing so, and 2) they have been doing so but have since ceased (unlikely but grammatical, and 3) they have been doing so but are considering stopping.
    For me, if the companies have stopped using the product/method "had been using" would be more common.

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    Re: are / have been

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, if the companies have stopped using the product/method "had been using" would be more common.
    So "have been using" usually means that the companies are still using the product/method now?

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    Re: are / have been

    Not necessarily. Only context can make this clear.

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    Re: are / have been

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, if the companies have stopped using the product/method "had been using" would be more common.
    In this post, Barb_D said "You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect." Then what "other act in the past" is needed to say "had been using"? May it be "had been using the product/method before switching to another"?

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    Re: are / have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In this post, Barb_D said "You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect." Then what "other act in the past" is needed to say "had been using"? May it be "had been using the product/method before switching to another"?
    The other act in the past was "ceased using".

    "Had been using".
    Then "stopped using".

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