Why used this tense in this sentence?


 Why used present perfect in this sentence ? why did not uses other tense?

"There have always been differences in the types of work men and woman have done".

tenses perfect asked Dec 27 '13 at 12:07 mohammad New member

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Perfect tense emphasizes that Event A occurred before Event B; it does not just focus on one event.


For example, if you had just said, "There are differences in the type of work men and women do." then you are just saying that right now, in your misogynistic viewpoint, that men and women are currently different in their professions.


When you say "have always been" or "have always had", you are not just referring to current date professions, but all jobs women have ever had in the history of women (Events A) that occurred before their current jobs (Events B).

link comment edited Dec 28 '13 at 00:32 Aaron Prejean Expert

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