English Grammar


Why?


Why "These days" cannot be followed by  a verb in the continuous present  pcrfect tense?
When I say"Ces jours-ci  le temps est mauvais" the action is still occuring!
Isn't it the same thing in English?
Damn  that present perfect tense!
Thank you for answering

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  • Why "These days" cannot be followed by  a verb in the continuous present  pcrfect tense?
    When I say"Ces jours-ci  le temps est mauvais" the action is still occuring!
    Isn't it the same thing in English?
    Damn  that present perfect tense!
    Thank you for answering
  • Hya Anper,
    Your question is not a bad scheme.

    I think the present PERFECT continuous refers to an activity in progress until the moment of speaking, or that has just finished.
    I have been exercising all the morning long, now I feel fit.
    But 'these days' refers to a large period of time that's presently running. I can't see how a perfect tense could suit to a present action or state.

    About continuous:
    It seems to me that the present simple is most often used with the adverb 'these days' because the verb means an action usually performed or a usual state.
    These days most people read the news on the web.
    These days times are tough.
    These days weather is wretched.
    In my village people don't go to mass these days.

    Though the present continuous suits in some cases 
    for instance to insist on the permanence of frequency of the action meant by the verb:
    With the price of kerosene lowering, airlines save a bundle these days.
    (emphasizing:).... airlines are saving a bundle these days.
    I had a lot of health problems the last two years, but I feel better these days.
    (emphasizing:)  ..... but I am feeling better these days.
    and also
    Terrorism is thriving these days. (I wouldn't use the present simple, but I don't know why).
    These days many people work/are working part time.
     
    A whole lot of remarks could be made by a grammarian that I'm not. What's your mind,  Anper?

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