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The narrator has been living with her boyfriend in an apartment.

So you don't know when these 2 people started living together, but they still live together. Or does present perfect continuous require "for/since" in this case? Thanks in advance

  • Where would you put the "for/since" in the sentence? – Greybeard Mar 16 '20 at 10:48
  • @Greybeard At the end ("...in an apartment for two years.) However, Meiki, the point is that the situation is clear: the narrator is co-habiting and it doesn't matter how long for. I think this question would be better asked on our sister site. – Andrew Leach Mar 16 '20 at 10:54
  • OK, so is present perfect continuous correct in this case? – Meiki Mar 16 '20 at 10:57
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This absolutely correct as it stands. You could add a "for"/"since" clause afterwards but it is not required.

However, we would only normally use the perfect continuous if we were going to add some other clause to it - that could be a "for"/"since" or several other options, like "but" (for example "but he is moving out next week" / "but they are trying to buy a house") or while ("while their mansion is being redecorated"). The sentence is perfectly correct without any of those clauses, but in that case we would normally say:

The narrator lives with her boyfriend in an apartment.

So with "has been living" there isn't a technical requirement for a qualifying clause ("for"/"since"/"but"/"while", etc.) but in common usage it would be unusual to use it without one.

  • It would be better make up another sentence with "for" clause, as it is what the asker has question with. – WXJ96163 Mar 16 '20 at 12:42
  • Thank you a lot! – Meiki Mar 16 '20 at 14:40

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