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I am wondering about the use of a since-phrase and the present progressive like the following:

How is he bearing up since the accident?

Normally, the since-phrase triggers the perfect aspect. Why is it not so in this case?

DO you think this interchangeability can be extended to "I am living here since 1995"?

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  • You could perfectly well ask "How has he been bearing up since the accident?" Aug 4, 2017 at 16:18
  • Could you say "I am living here since 1998" in place of "I have been living here since 1998"?
    – Apollyon
    Aug 5, 2017 at 1:52
  • "How is he bearing up since the accident?" is acceptable. "I am living here since 1998" is not. By far the safest thing to do is to use a perfect aspect with since — you won't be wrong. Aug 5, 2017 at 2:07
  • Do you know why one is right and the other is wrong?
    – Apollyon
    Aug 5, 2017 at 2:17
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    Good question. I'd like to see one of the close-voters suggest a reference covering 'situations where the present continuous may be used before since'. I think you've found a rare example; 'How is he doing since ...' works too. They're probably colloquialisms for the standard form 'How has he been doing ...?' (though the expression itself is colloquial). Aug 6, 2017 at 15:23

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This example "how is he bearing up since the accident?" should be thought of as a question "How is he bearing up?" with an afterthought as a modifier "since the accident." As a single sentence -- especially in writing -- you would always use the perfect "How has he been bearing up since the accident?"

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