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    • Join Date: Sep 2007
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    obscure grammar rule?


    I've read the following sentence in a FCE practice book (tapescript):

    "It's a number of years now, Lionel, since you brought out your illustrated book on garden plants."

    Shouldn't it be "It's been a number of years..." or is there some obscure grammar rule that I'm oblivious of?

    Looking forward to your comments


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: obscure grammar rule?

    It is a fairly common example of a normal spoken structure.

    The sentence could be said as either "It is a number of years" or "It has been a number of years", but the first is what I would expect in an interview of this kind.

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