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    Can I use present perfect instead of present tense in this sentence?

    Hi there. Please help me with this.

    Can I use present perfect instead of present tense in this sentence?
    “These days, Job-hopping has practically become a way of life. Gone is the idea of spending four decades at one company.”

    The new sentence: “These days, Job-hopping has practically became a way of life.”

    I know that in some text perfect tense is used to emphasis on the changes that happened from past until now. Does the original sentence show habitual activity (These days)? If so, it seems to me that I have to use present tense only. Any way, I’m not sure if that change would be correct or not.
    The reason behind my attempt to use perfect tense is that I am interested to start my writing essay with present perfect tense to emphasize the changes from past till present time.

    Thank You.
    Last edited by mehdi 100; 09-Dec-2014 at 11:30. Reason: I found my mistake, please delete this thread

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    Re: Can I use present perfect instead of present tense in this sentence?

    No, "has became" is ungrammatical, "has become" is present perfect.

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