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    Smile past continuous or present perfect

    Hi dear experts,
    Which tense should I use in the following sentence:

    1. "I was always wanting him to approve of me."
    2. "I have always wanted him to approve of me"


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    Re: past continuous or present perfect

    You are actually asking the wrong question.

    Each sentence uses a different tense, and each sentence is correct.

    The question is, in what context would each sentence be appropriate? What is the difference in meaning?

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    Re: past continuous or present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    You are actually asking the wrong question.

    Each sentence uses a different tense, and each sentence is correct.

    The question is, in what context would each sentence be appropriate? What is the difference in meaning?
    Could you ,please, give a context in which "I was always wanting" ia used?


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    Re: past continuous or present perfect

    "I was always wanting my father to approve of me, but whatever I did, he always made it seem that in comparison with my older brother, I was a failure somehow. Now he's dead...and I bet he's up there right now, looking down, and telling everyone in Heaven how much better my brother would have organized his funeral than I."

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    Re: past continuous or present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "I was always wanting my father to approve of me, but whatever I did, he always made it seem that in comparison with my older brother, I was a failure somehow. Now he's dead...and I bet he's up there right now, looking down, and telling everyone in Heaven how much better my brother would have organized his funeral than I."
    And what if you write:I always wanted my father to approve of me........?

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