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It is 10 o'clock in the evening and I am tired because I had a busy day at work. (I finished work at 6 o'clock.) Can I say

I'm tired because I've been working hard all day

or do I have to say

I'm tired because I worked hard all day

because the working stopped a few hours ago?

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    We have dealt with this before: It depends on what you want to say. The first one means the day is not yet finished. The second implies it is finished for you.
    – Lambie
    May 6, 2018 at 18:06

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You can use either, your examples have the same meaning given your situation.

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  • I thought that maybe the present perfect continuous could only be used if the work had just finished.
    – anouk
    May 6, 2018 at 15:49
  • Can I say I'm tired because I've been working hard all morning when it is afternoon? Or is that different?
    – anouk
    May 7, 2018 at 10:08
  • Yes, that is perfectly fine.
    – Peter
    May 8, 2018 at 23:10

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