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    Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship lately

    Hello teachers.

    I have been confusing with present perfect and present perfect continuous lately. Although I knew when to use it but when it comes to timeline of verb tenses, I get confused all the time. Look at this sentence please:


    Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship lately, so they (go) have been going to a marriage counselor. I hope they work everything out. --> The right answer is to apply present perfect continuous for both (have) and (go)

    Can I also use present perfect for (go) ??


    Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship lately, so they (go) have gone to a marriage counselor. I hope they work everything out
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    Re: Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship la

    Yes, you can. Have been going means they began going recently and continue to go. Have gone means they went at least once; it doesn't say whether they continue to see the counselor.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship la

    Maybe it (have gone) doesn't say they have stopped seeing a marriage counselor, but it would be reasonable to assume that is the case. Otherwise, say they are still going.

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    Re: Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship la

    It (have gone) could also mean that they are not at home now because they are at the marriage counsellor's office now.

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    Re: Matt and Sarah (have) have been having some difficulties in their relationship la

    Note: 'I have been confusing confused ...'

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