is married vs has been married

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hello,
I like to know what is the difference between ;

1) John is married for twenty years.
2) John has been married for twenty years.

when do I use which?

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I think #2 "John has been married for twenty years." is correct. I can't think of a situation where #1 would be correct. ;-)
 

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LMK said:
hello,
I like to know what is the difference between ;

1) John is married for twenty years.
2) John has been married for twenty years.

when do I use which?

Thank you,

I agree with Red. The second is correct.

One hears the first, particularly in some regions of the US, but it is not strictly correct. :wink:
 

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Re: ... married

twostep said:
Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

Yes, but this is not the present perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

The present perfect continuous would be:

Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

:wink:
 

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Re: ... married

MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

The present perfect continuous would be:

Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

:wink:

1:1 - my tense / your typo
 

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Re: ... married

twostep said:
MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

The present perfect continuous would be:

Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

:wink:

1:1 - my tense / your typo

For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:
 

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LMK said:
hello,
I like to know what is the difference between ;

1) John is married for twenty years.
2) John has been married for twenty years.

when do I use which?

Thank you,

I am of the same opinion that the second should be correct as you've mentioned the time -- How long? The present perfect suits for it.

:wink:
 

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Re: ... married

MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

The present perfect continuous would be:

Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

:wink:

1:1 - my tense / your typo

For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:

Only when cheating. Or attempting such an act. Scouts honor - will do better. May I stay?
 

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Re: ... married

twostep said:
MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
MikeNewYork said:
twostep said:
Please correct me - present perfect continous assumes action has been ongoing for some time.

Yes, but this is not the prersent perfect continuous. It is the present perfect.

The present perfect continuous would be:

Father Jones has been marrying people for years.

:wink:

1:1 - my tense / your typo

For your sake, I hope you don't make tense mistakes as often as I make typos. :wink:

Only when cheating. Or attempting such an act. Scouts honor - will do better. May I stay?

But, of course! :cheers:
 
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