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    Lunch

    Hi guys,

    As you have told me in one of my posts that we can use "Present perfect" for regular activities. Like "I have completed my exercise everyday by 8 am" or "I have reached office by 9 am everyday". If I want to say that "I don't eat anything for four hours after eating my lunch or I don't eat anything till eight thirty after having lunch at 4 pm" with "Has been", how would I do that. Can I say "Its been more than four hours(till eight thirty) since I ate my lunch everyday".

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    Re: Lunch

    You have misunderstood. We use simple present for daily/repeated actions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Lunch

    You would only be able to use "has been" to refer to the specific day on which you are speaking.

    "It's Monday afternoon. I had lunch at 12 noon. It's now 5pm. It's been five hours since I ate so I think it's time for a snack."

    You can't use the same construction if you're trying to explain a regular, habitual activity. You would just say "I always wait at least four hours between meals" or something similar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Lunch

    But what if we want to talk about (daily)complete actions. Like, everyday by eight my exercise gets completed(if I want to write it in active form then).

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