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Thread: is or has been?

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    is or has been?


    could you please tell me which of these sentences is better and why:

    The company has been operating an office in London since 2001.
    The company operates an office in London since 2001.

    Can both be used or not?

    Many thanks.


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    Re: is or has been?

    Hello Hanka

    Only the first is correct.

    You need a tense that focuses on an action in the recent past that continues into the present. That tense is the present perfect!



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