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    Hi there,

    Situation: Dan and jenny are married. They got married exactly 20 years ago, so today is their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Which one is correct below?
    1. They have been married for 20 years.
    2. They have been marrying for 20 years.

    Pls kind advise.

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    #2

    Re: have been married/marrying?

    #1 is correct. #2 is not.
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    Thanks very much!

    Can you explain why 2 is not correct please?

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    #4

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    'have been marrying' is the present perfect continuous tense.

    They got married only once — 20 years ago. They have not been continuously undergoing wedding ceremonies during that time.

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    I take #2 to mean 'They have been holding a wedding for 20 years'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: have been married/marrying?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'have been marrying' is the present perfect continuous tense.

    They got married only once — 20 years ago. They have not been continuously undergoing wedding ceremonies during that time.

    Thanks a lot.
    Is there any example for "have been marrying"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I take #2 to mean 'They have been holding a wedding for 20 years'.
    Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayenng View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Is there any example for "have been marrying"?
    Our local pastor has been marrying people for over 30 years.
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    #9

    Re: have been married/marrying?

    People have been marrying young in recent years.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

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    At a point in time, one could have said "Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have been marrying over and over."
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 28-Oct-2015 at 04:51.

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