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    I am vs I have been

    Hello friends
    What's te diffrence btween those two sentences?:
    1)I'm in a pretty good mood.
    2)I've been in a pretty good mood.
    Well, I 'll try to answer first and then correct me if I'm wrong please!
    The above two sentences are not similar, that is to say that:
    1) Describes my habitual mood.
    2)Shows that I wasn't in a good mood for a period of time but lately I've been happy.
    Is that right?!!!

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    Re: I am vs I have been

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello friends
    What's te diffrence btween those two sentences?:
    1)I'm in a pretty good mood.
    2)I've been in a pretty good mood.
    Well, I 'll try to answer first and then correct me if I'm wrong please!
    The above two sentences are not similar, that is to say that:
    1) Describes my habitual mood. No. It describes your mood now. Maybe a short time ago you were in a bad mood.
    2)Shows that I wasn't in a good mood for a period of time but lately I've been happy.
    The "lately I've been happy" part is correct, but you also could have been in a good mood for weeks, months or years.
    Is that right?!!!
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    #3

    Re: I am vs I have been

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello friends
    What's te diffrence btween those two sentences?:
    1)I'm in a pretty good mood.
    2)I've been in a pretty good mood.
    Well, I 'll try to answer first and then correct me if I'm wrong please!
    The above two sentences are not similar, that is to say that:
    1) Describes my habitual mood.
    2)Shows that I wasn't in a good mood for a period of time but lately I've been happy.
    Is that right?!!!
    I'm in a pretty good mood.-present simple.
    It's a statement indicating that you are in a good mood.
    I've been happy-present perfectpassive..
    Your 'good mood' started in the past and it continues.You feel the efeect even now.
    Regards,
    rj1948.


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    Re: I am vs I have been

    Are you sure you are clear on the meaning of the present perfect tense and how this changes the meaning from the simple present tense?

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