What does "have been" mean?

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What does 'have been' mean in the sentence "I have been a good student."?
 
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This is an example of Present Perfect Tense: a past action with some present connection. At some time in the past I started being a student. I was a good student, and I have continued being a good student up to right now- the time I am speaking to you. What happens after this statement not mentioned.

There are two possible contexts to this statement:

1. The speaker will continue to be a student, and hopes that that past action will somehow influence his/her situation in the future as in: I have been a good student, so you should not accuse me of being lazy.


2. The speaker is no longer a student as of the time of speaking, as in: I have been a good student, so I hope you can give me a letter of recommendation.
 

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It could also suggest that the person has been a good student recently.
 
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