I am/have been a fan?



When you say you are a fan of someone, do you say "I am a fan" or "I've been a fan"?

Please see my example below:

A: Why did you buy this CD? It's full of crappy tracks!

Me: I bought it because I am a fan of this band.

Or is it more correct to say that you are a fan by using present perfect continuous?

Me: I bought it because I've been a long-time fan of this band.


Posted 2013-06-12T05:15:23.457

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2Both are valid, but they mean slightly different things. The first says that you are a fan now. The latter says that you're a fan now, but have also been a fan for some time. – Matt – 2013-06-12T06:58:09.317

What about I am a long time fan of this band? It refers to the present but includes the idea of being a fan "for some time". @Matt – None – 2015-12-11T16:13:49.720



Both statements seem grammatically correct and convey the same emotion except timeline mentioned in later statement. Later statement is slightly different because you have mentioned 'a long-time fan'.


Posted 2013-06-12T05:15:23.457

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But one can say I am a long-time fan of this band. – None – 2015-12-11T16:14:37.937