I have been trying to comprehend the difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous. So I came up with the situation, I say

"Dude, get out from the toilet, you have been seating there for 5 hours !"

perfect continuous, because I am emphasizing the time , how long?

"Dude, it's going to be a new world record, unless you get out from the toilet, you have seated there for 5 hours [already]"

perfect simple, as i am emphasizing the result/score, how many hours?

Are the sentences correct? Is this explanation accurate?


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    In the first example, it should be "sitting;" other than that, it's correct. In the second example, it should be "sat."
    – Jan
    Jun 28, 2019 at 8:03
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    Is it me or does "out from the toilet" sound wrong? Surely it's "get out of the toilet" [toilet as a room] or "get off the toilet" ? (or is this a BrE AmE thing?)
    – Smock
    Jun 28, 2019 at 8:38
  • @Smock It's unusual. I would also say get off the toilet. Or, not mentioning the toilet, get out of the bathroom, you've been in there for five hours. I believe using toilet as the name of a room sounds strange in North America, where it's only used for the device itself. At least that's true in my case. Of course, people can ask for the toilet—but (as I've always understood) they mean the device, not the room . . . Jun 28, 2019 at 16:58
  • Ah yes, get out of the bathroom. What do you call a room with a toilet but no bath in North America?
    – Smock
    Jun 29, 2019 at 12:23

1 Answer 1


Example 1, perfect continuous:

"Dude, get out from the toilet, you have been sitting there for 5 hours!"

Example 2, perfect simple:

"Dude, unless you get out from the toilet, it's going to be a new world record; you have sat there for 5 hours [already]."

  • So are my sentences correct, i mean tense, I've just screwed up with the "seat" and "sit". Jun 29, 2019 at 19:08
  • In your second example, you need to properly use sit in present perfect, which is "sat", not "sitted." Also, I'm not sure if the word order in that sentence is correct; I used different word order in my example.
    – Jan
    Jul 1, 2019 at 6:59

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