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    present simple or perfect?

    Have I used the tenses correct: "Dear participants, it has already been 25 years since I occupy high state positions?"

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    #2

    Re: present simple or perfect?

    The simple past should be used after 'since'.

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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    But the speaker continues to occupy high posts.
    Maybe I need replace since with that?

    Or "I have been occupying high state positions for 25 years already."
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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    But the speaker continues to occupy high posts.
    Maybe I need replace since with that?
    Then you can not use since like that.

    "It has been 25 years since I first began occupying high state positions."

    "I have been occupying high state positions for 25 years now."

    "It has been 25 years since I first began to occupy high state positions."

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    #5

    Re: present simple or perfect?

    How about using hold instead of occupy?

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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about using hold instead of occupy?
    It is up to you my teacher.

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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    Occupying sounds more like squatting, while holding office sounds more like a true politician to me.

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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Occupying sounds more like squatting, while holding office sounds more like a true politician to me.
    What do you mean by "squatting"? Is it a synonym for "usurping"?
    By the way, it is a nice idea to use unknown words from time to time.

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    Re: present simple or perfect?

    Sort of- they're in office, but not really up to the job, so they're occupying the position that should be held by someone better.

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