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Imperfekt vs Perfekt with modal verbs

I understand that in narrative/non-spoken speech the Perfekt is much more common than the Präteritum. No. You understood wrong. In narratives — e.g. fictional literature — Präteritum is the main ...
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"lebt seit X jahren in Y", why is this in present form, but the meaning is in the past perfect?

This is because German tenses function differently from English tenses. In English, the adverbial for X years triggers perfect aspect. And if you want to say that some action is ongoing you add ...
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