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I was going through the chapter on Verbs, Tenses in

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I was going through the chapter on Verbs, Tenses in Manhattan GMAT Prep for Sentence Correction and had a query with one of the subtopics.

In the chapter it says: "If an event has started in the past but continues in the present, you must use the present perfect tense.
Examples: 1. We HAVE LIVED in a little hut for three days.
2. Our country HAS ENFORCED strict immigration laws for thirty years.

My question is: If the action is continuing in the present, why not phrase the sentence this way.
1. We HAVE BEEN LIVING in a little hut for three days.
2. Our country HAS BEEN ENFORCING strict immigration laws for thirty years.

A good explanation would be appreciated.

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Re: SC - Verbs, Tenses, Moods and Voice. [#permalink]

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25 Apr 2010, 15:05
digineo wrote:
I was going through the chapter on Verbs, Tenses in Manhattan GMAT Prep for Sentence Correction and had a query with one of the subtopics.

In the chapter it says: "If an event has started in the past but continues in the present, you must use the present perfect tense.
Examples: 1. We HAVE LIVED in a little hut for three days.
2. Our country HAS ENFORCED strict immigration laws for thirty years.

My question is: If the action is continuing in the present, why not phrase the sentence this way.
1. We HAVE BEEN LIVING in a little hut for three days.
2. Our country HAS BEEN ENFORCING strict immigration laws for thirty years.

A good explanation would be appreciated.

The present perfect progressive, such as haven been living, is used when the action is NOT completed. Present progressive is used when an action may or may have not been completed.

In my opinion they are too similar. I hope that the GMAT won't test both cases in the same question.

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Re: SC - Verbs, Tenses, Moods and Voice. [#permalink]

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27 Apr 2010, 02:01
That's what i thought, and hoped too ...

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