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    • Join Date: Dec 2005
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    present perfect

    How long have you been having them? My book says it is wrong. We should say "how long have you had them"? Why?
    Thanks


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
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    Re: present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    How long have you been having them? My book says it is wrong. We should say "how long have you had them"? Why?
    Thanks
    It is because to have is a stative verb, which normally does not occur in the progressive, since there is no conception of progression.

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