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  • Dave
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    9 May, 2013 at 19:01
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    I have a question on the present perfect tense.

    While describing the background of his company, a student has written ‘We have been the market leader in Asia…’ and then he goes on to other things.

    I think this sentence should have a time reference, e.g. ‘for 10 years’. Is that right?

    I think there are two main functions of the present perfect: it’s used to talk about something that happened in the past and has an impact on the present OR to talk about something that happened at an unspecified time in the past (e.g. “I’ve lived in France.”).

    I guess with this example the student is thinking about the second function – an event at an unspecified time in the past, but it just doesn’t seem to work…

    Is there a rule for when to use a time reference and when it’s ok to just leave it or have I got it wrong?

    Thanks for any responses :)

    dan
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    22 May, 2013 at 23:38
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    I guess with this example the student is thinking about the second function

    I think you’re right that the student has this function in mind (unspecified time in the past). And this could work with your student’s sentence, but it completely depends on the context in which it was written. So I’d need to see more of the text to judge whether it makes sense in the context in which your student has used it.

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