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Which version of these two sentences is correct?

  • He has been finding it difficult to adjust to his new school.

  • He has found it difficult to adjust to his new school.

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Substantively, they mean the same thing. They may have slightly different connotations. For example, I might say

He has been having difficulties adjusting, but he is trying very hard to do so

but

He has had difficulties adjusting, but he seems to be doing better in the past week.

Using the continuous form stresses to me that past and present are much the same whereas the present perfect does not necessarily give the same stress. I am not sure that most educated native speakers would recognize that distinction so it may be a personal quirk.

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  • @Jeff.Morrow.Why have you not used the original sentences.Can find be used in the progressive forms? Oct 8, 2019 at 16:44
  • @Fumble Fingers .I would like to know whether ** Find** can be used in the progressive forms Oct 9, 2019 at 4:16
  • @Jasson Bassford.Can find be used in the progressive forms? Oct 9, 2019 at 4:28
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    @JVL Of course "find" can be used in a progressive tense. "I was finding my way in the dark when I stumbled over the cat and stubbed my toe." Oct 9, 2019 at 5:24

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