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    Present Perfect:This is my new car...

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Arthur Wagner, Feb 1, 2013.

    Hello,

    These two sentences confuse me regarding their proper tense:
    This is my new car. I have owned it for six weeks.
    (I think present perfect is correct here, since "this is my new car" clearly indicates a certain relevance to the present and "for six weeks" is also compatible with present perfect)
    This is my new car. I [own] it for just six weeks.
    Does this word "just" change anything in this sentence? Is present perfect still correct?

    Edit: Is it possible that present perfect continuous is the proper tense for the second sentence but can't be used, as "own" is a stative verb?

    Greetings,
    Arthur Wagner
     
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    the second example is not correct grammar and makes no sense when read... adding 'just' makes no difference... 'have owned' or 'have had' is still needed there...
     
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    There is really no difference? Then my teacher tried to fool me! Thank you.
     
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    Maia is right. The first sentence is correct, second isn't.
     
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    since 'own' is in brackets, it makes me think that may be from a test where the student has to insert the correct form of the verb... and yes, it would still be the same verb form [have owned], even with 'just' added...
     
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    As others have said, the first is standard English, the second isn't, as written. But did you put "own" in brackets because you wanted advice on the correct tense and aspect? Yes, present perfect is still correct: "This is my new car. I have owned it for just six weeks." The word "just" doesn't change the tense or aspect, it merely emphasises how short a time it has been.
     
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    This was a new car, but I've owned it for six weeks.

    You have to write about reality.
     
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    Sometimes experts can suck the enjoyment out of anything.

    Technically, I should introduce my spouse as, "My first wife."

    I have a more important concern. You had a couple of thousand dollars, and you bought a car?

    What the heck were you thinking?
     
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    where does it say how much was paid for it?
     
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    LOL. It wasn't the money I objected to, it was the car. Hence, not a motorcycle.

    Heck, I bought a truck because you have to in Wisconsin winters. But it wears a Harley decal...
     
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    After 23 years I still refer to my spouse as 'my bride'. I've never been able to figure out when she stopped being that.
     

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