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    #1

    grammar

    They used to be friends.
    They have been friends.

    Do the two sentences mean the same? Please.


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    #2

    Re: grammar

    Do the two sentences mean the same?
    No.
    The sentence, "They have been friends" is using the Present Perfect, and is 'incomplete'. It leaves the reader puzzled by the use of that tense. It is as if you were going to say,
    "They have been friends for over 5 years./since they were at school together."

    What does the first sentence mean to you; and the second?

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    Re: grammar

    I'm really confused about this:

    It's two years since he was ill.
    It's two years since he has been ill.

    I read from many grammar books that the first sentence means He is well now. And the second sentence means He is still ill now.
    Is it true?

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    #4

    Re: grammar

    Any help?


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    Re: grammar

    And the second sentence means He is still ill now. That's incorrect.
    What grammar book is this?

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    Re: grammar

    Of course are grammar books written by chinese scholar. Forget it.

    Well, could you tell me what exactly do these sentences mean?

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