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Cristiano tiene decidido que seguirá en el Real Madrid

Steven-W15 July 10, 2017, 8:12 am
Interesting news for soccer fans but not my point...

I can't remember seeing this construction before so I was wondering exactly how the following two phrases differ:
- Cristiano ha decidido...
- Cristiano tiene decidido...
 
Cristiano tiene decidido que seguirá en el Real Madrid
marieg-rocket languages July 11, 2017, 9:00 pm
Hi Steven, 

They don't differ actually, you can use either expression and they are both correct. The formula of tener + participio is known as a verbal periphrasis. In this case 'tener' is acting as an auxiliary verb followed by a transitive verb (this periphrasis can only be formed with transitive verbs). In this case 'tener' has the exact same meaning as 'haber' in a compound tense: 

Según tengo oído, es muy interesante.
Según he oído, es muy interesante. 

Hmm... Usually this construction adds a touch or reiteration or insistence: 

¡Lo tengo dicho!
¡Lo tengo decidido!

So, you may take that as little difference...?

I hope this helps!
 
Cristiano tiene decidido que seguirá en el Real Madrid
Steven-W15 July 12, 2017, 8:58 am
Such subtleties are way beyond my level but it's helpful for me to know that both constructions are "roughly" equivalent.

Thanks, Marie! 
Cristiano tiene decidido que seguirá en el Real Madrid
the-hefay July 12, 2017, 8:48 pm
Thanks Marie.  I learned something new today.
 
Cristiano tiene decidido que seguirá en el Real Madrid

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