I've been here for more than sixty years.

I want to make sure if the expression "have been here for...." imply that he didn't live here originally, and he moved here 60 years ago.

I mean if a person was born and grew up in a place, can he use the expression "I have been here for...."

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    Note that it's fine to say things like I have been here all my life. Idiomatically, if you say you've been in some location / condition for some specified length of time, there would often be an implication that you were somewhere else or in some other condition before that, but not necessarily. Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 13:22
  • Your comment can very well make an answer. Thanks.
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    Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 13:48

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It does not imply that. He might also use the phrase if he was born there.

Interestingly, adding a colloquial "now" on the end subtly shifts the meaning to imply what you want: "I've been here for over sixty years, now..." is indeed something that someone "originally" from the area would tend to not say.

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