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Present perfect continuous or Past perfect continuous Options
Terence Chong
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:25:21 PM
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The store’s profits_____________ steadily for the past year.
A.have been increasing
B.had been increasing

Please advice which is the correct answer and why.
Thanks
BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:43:56 AM
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Both are possible. Only context can tell us which is appropriate,
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:24:20 AM

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Terence Chong wrote:
The store’s profits_____________ steadily for the past year.
A.have been increasing
B.had been increasing

Please advice which is the correct answer and why.
Thanks


BobShilling is correct. Each imparts different ideas.

"have been" increasing says this is true in the past and is continuing now.

"had been" increasing says this was true in the past, but stopped at some point in the past year.
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:43:48 AM

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FounDit wrote:
Terence Chong wrote:
The store’s profits_____________ steadily for the past year.
A.have been increasing
B.had been increasing

Please advice which is the correct answer and why.
Thanks


BobShilling is correct. Each imparts different ideas.

"have been" increasing says this is true in the past and is continuing now.

"had been" increasing says this was true in the past, but stopped at some point in the past year.


While I don't disagree entirely, it seems to me that A. is correct.

If you were to put the sentence into the past perfect, wouldn't the year being referred to would also have to be put into the past, by calling it the previous year, the preceding year or the prior year?

Past

Just gone by or elapsed: in the past few days.

Prior

(prenominal) previous; preceding

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