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    Lately Iíve been having the feeling that...

    Hello,

    I've just found this sentence in a mock exam. It's the title of a composition, so there's no context.

    Lately I've been having the feeling that someone is following me.

    I think "I've been having the feeling" goes hand in hand with "someone following me". That's why I'd say:

    Lately I've been having the feeling that someone has been following me.

    What do you think?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Lately Iíve been having the feeling that...

    The original is much more natural. Your version with "has been" is a bit "clunky".

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    Re: Lately Iíve been having the feeling that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicky42 View Post
    Lately I've been having the feeling that someone has been following me.
    No. We use parallelism a lot, but not where different tenses make more sense. What do you feel at the time? - that "someone is following me". This is different from feeling that "someone has been following me", which doesn't necessarily mean right now.
    In fact, you can feel "someone has been following me" without ever feeling "someone is following me (now)."

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    Re: Lately Iíve been having the feeling that...

    Thank you Raymott! Your answer is very clear.

    (I saw both actions happening at the same time: the person having the feeling and somebody following him/her.)

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