Should the subject of the present perfect be alive?

Tigers85

Senior Member
Japanese
Imagine that the speaker's father died a few days ago and the speaker is saying:

(1) My father has worked for Uncle Tom for a long time.

Is this sentence acceptable?

Tigers 85
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    No, if your father has died, you would probably use the simple past:
    My father worked for Uncle Tom for a long time.
    Or you might use the past perfect (pluperfect) if you were including other information:
    When he died, my father had worked for Uncle Tom for a long time.
    The present perfect is for actions that continue into the present, (or have their effect into the present). If your father has died, he is no longer working for Uncle Tom.
     
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