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    #1

    Has/Has been using....

    Hello I have two sentences and I'm not sure if they are correct. If they are wrong could you please explain why they are wrong? Thank you!

    1) It has started to snow heavily for three days.

    2) I have begun to learn foreign languages for six years.

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    #2

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    They are wrong.
    1) It started to snow heavily three days ago.
    2) I have been learning foreign languages for six years.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    Thank you for your reply. Could you tell me why they are wrong? I'm trying to understand it a little more

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    #4

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    1. If it has started to snow heavily, you would have to be able to read the future to know that it would continue for three days. If it has already snowed for three days, then it hasn't just started to snow.
    2. Same principle as 1.

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    #5

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    Thank you for your help! I understand it now.

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    #6

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1) It started to snow heavily three days ago.
    You could also use It has been snowing heavily for three days.

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    #7

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    Ok thanks. what about:

    It has started to snow heavily from 3 days ago?

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    #8

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    I deem it incorrect to use the present perfect as 'ago' is here, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    That sentence doesn't work.

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    #10

    Re: Has/Has been using....

    Quote Originally Posted by Daigoro View Post
    1) It has started to snow heavily for three days.
    I think it would make sense if 'and might last' was added before 'for', but I am not a teacher.

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