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Past and Past Perfect tense (has/had)

"Megan couldn't remember how long she has been sitting in her armchair, staring at the empty wine glass in her hand." Help me wording this, pls. I don't have a good understanding of past tenses, it seems.

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bulilia updated 27 December
'Megan couldn't remember how long she HAD been sitting in her armchair, staring at the empty wine glass in her hand' is the right option. The thing with the Past tenses is, you can never use any Present if your predicate is in the Past. 'Megan' (subject) and 'could not' (predicate in the Past Simple) are the principal parts of the main sentence, and the tense you use in it determines the form of the predicate in the subordinate sentence (she HAD been sitting in her armchair staring at…), the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
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