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  1. AMaria
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    Sentence analysis

    Can you help me identify the language problems in these two sentences?


    Ive been washing the car.

    I think students may get confused with has and have been washing the car??



    If wed come earlier, wed have got better seats.

    Not sure on this one

    Thanks Maria


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    Re: Sentence analysis

    If we’d come earlier, we’d have got better seats.

    You have two "we'd"s. Type out the sentence in full, without using the contracted forms of the verbs, and see what you notice.


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    Re: Sentence analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by AMaria View Post
    Can you help me identify the language problems in these two sentences?


    I’ve been washing the car.

    I think students may get confused with has and have been washing the car??



    If we’d come earlier, we’d have got better seats.

    Not sure on this one

    Thanks Maria
    I've been washing the car.
    Why present perfect progressive?
    Let's base our reasoning on the principle of opposition.

    present perfect progressive vs. present perfect
    I've been washing the car. (1)
    I've washed the car. (2)
    (1) - the activity is indicated
    (2) - the result is indicated

    What have you been doing? - I've been washing the car.
    What useful thing have you done this morning? - I've washed the car. Now you can drive it.

    The activity may also affect the present situation but the result of such an activity would be indirect, so to say.
    Why are your hands dirty? - I've been washing the car. (It doesn't say that the job has been done and the car is clean now).

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