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Excellent question with a subtle answer. As others have commented, "They seemed to have a good time," sounds correct. It sounds correct because in some instances it is. In your example it is not the best answer. Seemed is merely the past tense of seem and 'seem' involves YOU having interacted with it in the present moment, even though that ...


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In this example, you need present perfect continuous, which is used to describe an event that began at some point in the past and has continued up until the present. You are late. I have been waiting for 20 minutes. (I have only just now stopped waiting for you, because you've arrived.) Past simple would be used for an action completed in the past: You were ...


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