"I was waiting for the real moment." vs. "I've been waiting for the real moment."

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"I was waiting for the real moment." vs. "I've been waiting for the real moment." - which sentence is grammatically correct?

 

Thank you.

edited Oct 08 '12 at 19:54 iG New member

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First of all, you probably need the word right instead of the word real.

 

If you are referring to something you have just said or done, or something you are just about to say or do, then I've been waiting for the right moment would be correct.

link answered Oct 08 '12 at 20:25 Peter Guess Expert

Peter, go back to the "proud of" discussion for a second. How do yoou indicate that you are currentlyly proud of a past event? Changing the "to be" verb tense changes the basic meaning. With the tense change, you are saying that you once were proud, but now you are not.

Jeff PribylOct 08 '12 at 20:45

I think you may have missed the follow-up question asked by HsKyH7: ". . . and then 'I was proud that I had worked . . .' can be rewritten to 'I was proud of having worked...', you think?" I corrected it to "I was proud to have worked . . .", using the same tense. http://answers.grammarly.com/questions/8077-i-am-proud-that-i-had-worked-for-him-for-10-years/

Peter GuessOct 08 '12 at 21:39

This aside, I sort of like the idea of waiting for a moment that is "real." Very existential.

mysticeteOct 09 '12 at 10:43

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