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    #1

    present perfect

    Hi,

    as in my previous thread I would like to ask about the "present perfect" in the following sentence:

    1) The company is a long-term member of the association.
    2) The company has been a long-term member of the association.

    My google search suggests that the first one should be correct or more frequently used. But why?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: present perfect

    'Long-term' acts as an adjective rather than a time phrase like 'for ten years', so the present works beter. If you say 'has been a long-term member', it suggests that they might be leaving or have left.

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