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Mary loves having a hot shower after she’s been swimming.

Could you tell me what the point of using the present perfect continuous in this sentence is?

What if we were to use the simple present?

  • The primary verb here (loves) IS Simple Present. The "gerund / continuous participle" having is effectively just part of a noun phrase (the thing that Mary loves, syntactically no different to She likes a drink after work). But the continuous participle could just as well be replaced by an infinitive verb form, as Mary loves to have a hot shower after [swimming, sex, whatever]. Is that what you're asking about? – FumbleFingers Jun 16 at 15:30
  • She's been swimming could be either the present perfect continuous of to swim or the present perfect of to go swimming (cf. she's been to the store ). In both cases there is an added connotation that is not the case if the simple present is used. – Shoe Jun 16 at 16:25
  • For one, it's easier to say (in terms of tongue movement) she's been than it is to say she swims. The longer version also sounds less abrupt. So, while there is no grammatical reason to choose one over the other, that might be one factor in picking she's been swimming over she swims. (But questions about why often don't have a good answer.) – Jason Bassford Jun 16 at 17:53
  • "Mary loves having a hot shower after swimming." – Rusty Core Jun 17 at 2:13

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