Could you please check the following sentences and correct them for me?


1. He would tennis when he was a teenager and still plays now.
2. It's up to me I won't be denied, it's better to lose than never have tried to fight for love. (Does the preposition for mean here because of love or in order to find this love?)

Grammatical Structures

We say that Present Perfect Continuous expresses the idea that something started in the past and has countinud up till now, but it may still continue in the future like in the examples:

- She has been reading Hamlet. (She has reached a half-way point of the book and will still read it until the book is done.)
- She has been teaching Chemistry in the univerity. (She is a teacher and her teaching will still continue.)

But what about the sentence recited by Vader in Star Wars to Luke: I've been waiting for you. Doesn't his waiting ends with the moment he says the sentence?

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Tee hee. Re Darth Vader. Yup, his waiting has ended, but he's still using the right tense. Of the alternatives, "I had been waiting for you" would have implied that the waiting had ended in the past, and "I am waiting for you" would have implied that Luke hadn't arrived yet.

Okay, here goes on the proofreading:
1. "would" should read "played".
2. You need a period after "me". And another one after "denied" (instead of a comma). Actually, there are other alternatives, like dashes and semicolons and things, but definitely not a comma, and definitely not nothing at all. As for the rest, you probably need something like "It's better to have fought for love and lost than never to have tried". In this context, "for" means in order to find this love.

you could also say:
1. he used to play tennis when he was young etc...

in 2
you either need to punctuate as at least 2 (maybe 3?) seperate sentences, or consider adding a conjunction between the first and second clause.

your 3rd point is lovely - and of course you are right, but it is true that he "has been waiting" up to the point where the other arrives! The use of "have" covers the idea that the waiting has stopped now! ( when Luke arrives!)
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I would definitely agree with number two.
What about "I have waited for you"? What would the difference be between this and "I have been waiting for you."
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Better I have been waiting for you since last night! Would u like this one better?
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