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    Question very "tense" constructions

    While progressing through a grammer module for TOEFL certification, I came across an example that "puzzles" me.

    SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED FOR ONE YEAR.

    Since it uses have/has -perfect tense; since it uses "-ed" -past tense; therefore, Past Perfect tense. However, would this be Past Perfect Continuous, since SHE is still in a state of wedded bliss? (One can only hope!)
    I realize that Continuous uses the "-ing" form, but the act of Matrimony isn't a continual, on going event.

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    Re: very "tense" constructions

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    While progressing through a grammer module for TOEFL certification, I came across an example that "puzzles" me.

    SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED FOR ONE YEAR.

    Since it uses have/has -perfect tense; since it uses "-ed" -past tense; therefore, Past Perfect tense. However, would this be Past Perfect Continuous, since SHE is still in a state of wedded bliss? (One can only hope!)
    I realize that Continuous uses the "-ing" form, but the act of Matrimony isn't a continual, on going event.
    This is the 'present perfect' tense, the act of matrimony is not an ongoing event but the state of matimony is, hopefully.

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    Re: very "tense" constructions

    SHE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE ALL YEAR.
    SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED ALL YEAR.
    Are thes the same "tense"?

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    Re: very "tense" constructions

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    SHE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE ALL YEAR.
    SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED ALL YEAR.
    Are thes the same "tense"?
    For a description of the present perfect try google with, "present perfect" in english, using the quotation marks.

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