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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:29:17 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Which tense is fitter between the two in red in the following context?

Donna has not received a check from her parents in two months. She has been looking for the mail carrier every day. Her friends have lent/have been lending her money so that she can buy food and other necessities.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:19:45 PM

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Almost certainly, they have been lending her money at various times during those two months. Probably one or two of them offered their support soon after the that first check failed to arrive, and others would have stepped in to help well before the end of the second month.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 4:41:11 PM

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I would agree - the 'lending' happened continually (repeated many times through the period).

However, you may well hear either of them - I don't think anyone would say one of them was wrong.

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