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    joham is offline Key Member
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    while we've been away

    So that's what you've been up to while we've been away?

    This sentence comes from LONGMAN CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH DICTIONARY second edition, (so). I'd like to know why the present perfect tense is used in the two clauses (Grammar books doesn't include this use in a while-clause). Could we simplify the tense without changing the original meaning? Like:
    So that's what you've been up to while we were away?

    Thank you very much.

    (Thank dawoodusmani for pointing out my mistake. It was careless of me to miss out the 'been'.)
    Last edited by joham; 18-Mar-2008 at 14:19. Reason: something added.

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    Dawood Usmani is offline Senior Member
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    Thumbs up Re: while we've been away

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    So that's what you've been up to while we've been away?

    This sentence comes from LONGMAN CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH DICTIONARY second edition, (so). I'd like to know why the present perfect tense is used in the two clauses (Grammar books doesn't include this use in a while-clause). Could we simplify the tense without changing the original meaning? Like:
    So that's what you've up to while we were away?

    Thank you very much.
    They are both fine. They refer to a period of time up to the present; up to the time of speaking.
    Remember:
    be up to not have up to
    Regards!
    Dawood


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    albertino is offline Senior Member
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    Re: while we've been away

    Two actions go in parallel.
    have been up to (pp) /while/ have been away(pp).
    No problem at all.
    (Not a teacher)

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