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    present vs. present perfect

    Should I use present or present perfect?

    - Since then, I am fascinated by the theory. (present)
    - Since then, I have been fascinated by the theory. (present perfect)

    Which one is correct? If both of them are correct, is there any difference in meaning between them?

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    Re: present vs. present perfect

    In this case, we use the present perfect.

    The present tense describes facts which are generally true: the earth revolves around the sun, Peter sometimes reads romantic novels, Christmas comes but once a year.

    The present perfect links a past time with a present state of affairs: something (I don't know what) happened in the past, and as a result you are now fascinated by the theory.

    Similarly: "I have made a cake" (in the past, I made a cake; now you can have a piece); "Tim Burton has made many movies" (the movies are all in the past, but Tim Burton is still alive and still working in Hollywood, so his career continues into the present).

    If you want to describe an action which began in the past and continues into the present, you usually use the present perfect progressive: "Since then I have been doing experiments to test the theory" (my first experiment was in the past, my last experiment was a short time ago, and I may do more experiments in the future).

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    Thumbs up Re: present vs. present perfect

    Thanks for your detailed explanation. Now I understand the issue better.
    Do you mean it's incorrect to use "present tense" in this case?

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    Re: present vs. present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcgordon View Post
    Do you mean it's incorrect to use "present tense" in this case?
    Yes; I don't think you'll ever hear a native speaker use the present tense in this case.

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