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    I would like to ask about "has been identifying" (tense).

    Hi, teachers.
    Please see the question below.
    The answer is (A). But (B) is wrong?
    I mean if assume 'has been' is omitted before 'identifying', is it still awkward?

    I would like to ask if the verb 'identify' can be used as a progressive tense or not.

    Thank you in advance

    Mr. Moore has been conferring with the staff
    and -------- a number of issues that need to be
    addressed at the next departmental meeting.

    (A) has identified
    (B) identifying

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    Re: I would like to ask about "has been identifying" (tense).

    I would accept A or B. I agree with you that we can assume that "has been" has been omitted before "identifying".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I would like to ask about "has been identifying" (tense).

    Hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Interestingly the identifying in present/past perfect continuous it's not very common. I did a search in BNC and COCA for "been+identifying". I was unable to search for cases of omissions as in OP example. BNC lists one such usage but identifying is used more in sense of associate/connect than establish/recognise. COCA lists 8 examples, where in most of them there is reference to some specific time period.

    Cheers

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