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    Lightbulb What's the difference?

    What's the difference between these sentences?

    1- I always have been active
    2- I am active


    3- I had been mistaken
    4- I was mistaken


    My explanation:

    1- I always have been active (I was working all the day and I've stopped now)

    2- I am active (this decribes either a permanent state OR it tells that the speaker is active now after being a bit tired)


    3- I had been mistaken (I was discussing a matter with a friend then my corrected my mistakes, so I can say I after dicussing the point, I found out that I'd been mistaken.

    4- I was mistaken (I was mistaken when I gave Susan my PC password)

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    What's the difference between these sentences?

    1- I always have been active
    2- I am active


    3- I had been mistaken
    4- I was mistaken


    My explanation:

    1- I always have been active (I was working all the day and I've stopped now)

    2- I am active (this decribes either a permanent state OR it tells that the speaker is active now after being a bit tired)


    3- I had been mistaken (I was discussing a matter with a friend then my corrected my mistakes, so I can say I after dicussing the point, I found out that I'd been mistaken.

    4- I was mistaken (I was mistaken when I gave Susan my PC password)
    I'm afraid,your use of present perfect in both the sentences is not correct.Past tense is better.
    See:ENGLISH PAGE - Present Perfect
    Regards,
    rj1948.

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    What's the difference between these sentences?

    1- I always have been active
    2- I am active


    3- I had been mistaken
    4- I was mistaken
    1- I always have been active
    More natural: I have always been active.

    Being active has always been, and continues to be, part of my lifestyle.

    2- I am active
    Right now, I am active.

    3- I had been mistaken
    You had previously held incorrect beliefs which have now been corrected.
    It's not really necessary to use past perfect for this.

    4- I was mistaken
    You were wrong.

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