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What is the difference between following sentences, which is correct to express the present situation (I am into GRM)

I have been associated with GRM

I have been associating with GRM

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"have been" is past participle so you would use past tense "associated". "am" is present participle so you would use present tense "associating". If you are telling a story it helps to use -ing verbs if you can tell it in the present tense it takes the reader on the ride with you and they can feel like they are more there with you because it is happening as they read not has happened in the past but you should stay consistent with your tense so the story makes sense not jumping from past to present to future.. You would NOT say "I have been associating with GRM." You could say "I was associated with GRM." If you "have been" then you aren't "-ing" now you had been in the past. If you "are or am" then you are "-ing" not in the past but currently. And if you "haven't been, are or am not but in the future maybe then you "will be associating" https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/simple-tenses-verbs

  • Ok, Thanks. Should i use, it is a correct sentence , I am associated with GRM – user283377 Mar 3 '18 at 7:09
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    "I have been associating with ..." is far from unacceptable in some contexts. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 3 '18 at 9:07

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