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I were talking with a person about certain musician and was going to mention a song, that was very different from what the musician... say, ever did. But then I wondered what is the correct tense to use, are there more than one tense applicable to this phrase (has done so far, has been doing so far, etc.), and what are the differences?

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, Andrew Leach, RegDwigнt May 2 '13 at 12:30

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Yes, you can use various tenses there, depending on what you want to express. Just like in every other situation, really. If he did something, you use "he did"; if he has been doing something, you use "he has been doing". The differences between tenses are explained elsewhere on this site. Follow the two links above, and see the related questions linked from there, too. – RegDwigнt May 2 '13 at 12:57
well, I probably was sort of greedy, asking such a vague question. More precisely the first variant which came into my mind was: "very different from what he was ever doing". It probably matters that he's no longer alive. Now, after inspecting links you provided and giving it more thought, I tend to think it's Past Simple to be used here. "...from what he ever did" or "...from what he did for his whole life". Or probably "...from what he did" is enough. What should I do then? Create new question? Edit this one? Give up on it? – x-yuri May 3 '13 at 18:30

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