I am in for one month or have been in for one month?


“I am in Japan for one month” or “I have been in Japan for one month?”

Or something else?

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Your sentence is more “I am in Japan for one month”.

I would use:

“I am (and will be) in Japan for one month.”
私は一ヶ月間日本にいます。I think the 間 is optional.

“I am (and have been) in Japan for one month; I am (and have been) in Japan since a month ago.”

I’m not completely sure, though, so I hope someone else confirms or denies. :sweat_smile:

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Was going to say you have to write “…日本にいた” but then I got unsure…

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You cannot use the past tense if you are still in Japan.


the second sentence is an example of the present perfect in english. Most constructions that we express with the perfect in english are in japanese are expressed with ている.


I have lived here for ten years.

There are some additional quirks here though. The “perfect of recent experience” (“I have just arrived”) is expressed with verb + ところ. And the “perfect of result” (“I have parked the car on the street” [and it is still there]) can be expressed with てある (as well as ている).

This all comes from the fact that japanese doesn’t really “have” a perfect tense the way we do in english. So there is not a clean equvilalence between constructions.

Also note that your second sentence is ambiguous in english as well.
I came to japan one month ago and am still here.
At one time in the past I spent one month in Japan. (without stating that you are still there)

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