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Thread: tenses


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    #1

    tenses

    1. I have been torturing him for 3 years.
    2. I have been tortured by him for 3 years.

    In 1, the sentence tense is present perfect continuous.
    However, what is the tense in 2? Is it correct grammar, in the first place?


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    #2

    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by vscid View Post
    1. I have been torturing him for 3 years.
    2. I have been tortured by him for 3 years.

    In 1, the sentence tense is present perfect continuous.
    However, what is the tense in 2? Is it correct grammar, in the first place?
    It's basically the same as 1 but in the passive voice, Vscid. Note who the tortureer and the tortureee is in each case.


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    #3

    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    It's basically the same as 1 but in the passive voice, Vscid. Note who the tortureer and the tortureee is in each case.
    No, its certainly not the same!
    Please read carefully.


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    #4

    Re: tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by vscid View Post
    No, its certainly not the same!
    Please read carefully.
    I should have been clearer.

    "... the same in structure;#1 is the present perfect (continuous) in the active voice while #2 is the present perfect in the passive voice.

    Note who the tortureer and the torturee is in each case.


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    #5

    Re: tenses

    yep. i think you are right.
    Thanks!

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