have been/were

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Phoebe1200, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Phoebe1200

    Phoebe1200 Senior Member

    Kids Choice Awards show
    Context: At the end of the show the host says this to the audience.

    All right. You guys have been/were in control of the show all night. Now it's my turn.

    I couldn't make out which one he used. I think it should be "have been" but for some reason "were" doesn't sound wrong to me either.
  2. Retired-teacher Senior Member

    British English
    I think "have been" is more appropriate if the show is still running. "Were" is more appropriate after it has finished.
  3. Phoebe1200

    Phoebe1200 Senior Member

    Thank you very much.:)
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