The tense for a subordinate clause

Reply Sun 27 Mar, 2016 04:39 am
Hi. I don't understand why the 'When-' clause below uses the present perfect tense.

"When I have been busy with my job, I just go to the gym and work out on the treadmill."

I think it's gonna be the present simple tense like the cases below.

"When we play card games, I always call for trumps."
"When I'm searching for answers, I turn to my dad."
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Reply Sun 27 Mar, 2016 06:15 am
We use the present perfect when the action is in the recent past. The speaker goes to the gym after he has been busy at work, not while he is busy at work.

When we have been playing cards, we tidy up the cards and put them away.
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