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I am wondering what is the difference, and in what case should I use these sentences:

  • "I walked a lot to get there"
  • "I have walked a lot to get there"
  • "I have been walking a lot to get there"
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I walked a lot to get there - The walking happened in past with no period/time specified.
I have walked a lot to get there - Suggests that you have recently walked or at least the effect of the sentence is still remaining while you spoke that.
I have been walking a lot to get there - Suggests the continuous process of your efforts of walking.

Let me try some examples building context -

I walked a lot to get there

"Hey, do you know where is a good restaurant in 'X' area, the outskirts of New Delhi? I'm going there next week ~ "Yeah, I do as I've been there. It's at 'Y' place but a bit far. And trust me, I walked a lot to get there."

I have walked a lot to get there.

"No son, I cannot play with you now. I am just back from 'X' place and my legs are terribly paining. Trust me, I have walked a lot to get there.

I have been walking a lot to get there.

*"[On phone] Harry, it seems the location you sent is not correct. My other friend told me that it's nearer but taking your route, it seems that I've been walking a lot to get there. Are you sure about the route you sent?*

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