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    'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    Are the following sentences correct? With the change in tense, do (1a) and (1b) have the same meaning? Same question for (2a) and (2b)

    1a) She has been living in Vietnam all her life. (present perfect continuous)
    1b) She has lived in Vietnam all her life. (present perfect)


    2a) They have been married for nearly twenty years.
    2b) They have married for nearly twenty years.

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    #2

    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    1a = 1b
    Only 2a is correct.

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    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    Exactly what I thought!

    However, I don't understand the "grammar" reason for (2b) being wrong. It definitely sounds weird to me though.

    Can you explain to me why (2b) is wrong?

    Thank you, Raymott!

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    #4

    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    "Married" is an adjective in the context you are trying to use it so "They have married" is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    "2b) They have married for nearly twenty years."
    Getting married is something you do once (ideally). "For twenty years" doesn't work for single actions. For example, you can't say, "I joined the army for twenty years" unless, when you joined, you made a twenty year commitment. It's a different meaning.
    You can use use 2b if you mean that they made a commitment to stay married for nearly 20 years. But this is not how people marry. You can live somewhere continuously for 20 years, but you can't marry someone continuously for 20 years. You marry them once (again, usually).

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    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    2a) "Have been married" is a state or status, like single/divorced/widowed.
    2b) "Have married" is a verb, a one-off action, e.g. A marries B.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: 'has been married' and 'has married' for nearly twenty years

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    2b) "Have married" is a verb, a one-off action,
    I would consider 'marry' a momentary verb, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    2b) They have married for nearly twenty years.
    May I take it to mean that they got married repeatedly in the past twenty years?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 14-Jul-2015 at 11:21.

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