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    Unhappy still two "tense"

    HE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE ALL YEAR.
    HE HAS BEEN MARRIED ALL YEAR.
    HE HAS BEEN MARRIED.
    Are these the same "tense"?
    I took some advice and googled "present tense", and I am even more confused!
    ALSO....."born": the act is a single event, but won't you continue to be born in Dublin. (i.e. "Having been born in Dublin, Sean is an ............)


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    Re: still two "tense"

    Present Perfect:
    HE HAS BEEN MARRIED ALL YEAR (so is eligible for the entire married couples rebate for the financial year)
    HE HAS BEEN MARRIED. (before, so he walks down the aisle again with this eyes fully open this time!
    Present Perfect Continuous:
    HE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE ALL YEAR.

    "Born in Dublin, Sean was educated at one of Eire's most prestigious..."

    "Having been born in Dublin, Sean knew the city like the back of his hand, as well as much of its local history. He was a fantastic guide."

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    Re: still two "tense"

    David,
    HE HAD BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH.
    HE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH.
    Is this Past P. C./ Present P. C. ....?
    B.
    Last edited by poorboy_9; 29-Apr-2008 at 22:03. Reason: TRYING TO DIFFERENTIATE...


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    Re: still two "tense"

    HE HAD BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH. Past Present
    Continuous

    HE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH.
    Present P. C.

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    Re: still two "tense"

    If he is still marrying people, would they have the same meaning
    B.

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    Re: still two "tense"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    HE HAD BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH. Past Present
    Continuous

    HE HAS BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH.
    Present P. C.
    With your permission David, there`s a slight mistake here:

    HE HAD BEEN MARRYING PEOPLE SINCE MARCH - past perfect continuous

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    Re: still two "tense"

    Teia, saw the error but know what he meant; my typin' ain't good either.
    B.

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    Re: still two "tense"

    Hey, what time is it in Romania?

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    Re: still two "tense"

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    If he is still marrying people, would they have the same meaning
    B.
    They don`t have the same maning :

    He had been marrying people since March until he gave up [ or whatever]
    Past perfect continuous denotes an action which continued up to a certain point in the past.
    e.g. He had been trying to start the car before the mechanic arrived.

    He has been marrying people since March - present perfect continuous ; he might still be marrying people at the moment.

    The Present Perfect Continuous tense denotes actions which began in the past and are still continuing or have just finished:

    My towel is all wet! Have you been using it?
    I`ve been waiting here all morning and the bus hasn`t arrived yet.

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    Re: still two "tense"

    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    Hey, what time is it in Romania?
    Hi Poorboy!

    It`s half past midnight! [ 0:30]
    And in California? Is it 1:30 p.m.?

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