The flowerpot had stood there for two years.

The flowerpot had been standing there for two years.

Would you please tell me the differences between them? Actually I was wondering if the second sentence is correct or not.

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    What do you mean by "true"? We cannot know whether it is true or false.
    – Lambie
    Dec 3, 2018 at 21:55
  • Grammatically is it possible to say the flowerpot had been standing?
    – Zeze
    Dec 3, 2018 at 22:05
  • Things "stand" in the places we put them. Dec 3, 2018 at 22:06
  • I know,but can we use a continues form of stand in this context?
    – Zeze
    Dec 3, 2018 at 22:10

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The verb 'stand' could be used in continuous form, as in:

Multi-storey buildings are standing where houses used to be.

In this example 'stand' means: to be situated in a particular place or position.

from Oxford Dictionary

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