I saw a similar question, but I'm not content with the answers, i.e. it's still unclear.

It looks like both options are appropriate here, since for present perfect continuous can be applied to an action that began in the past and continues up to the present; and present continuous can be applied to temporary states: temporary states which are true around the moment of speaking, or to repeated temporary events: actions which are repeated or regular, but which we believe to be temporary.

So whhich tense to choose? And how circumstances, context can influence the choice?

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    Both are correct and idiomatic. It's just a question of where you want to place the emphasis. The present perfect continuous is more likely as an introduction to a sentence such as: I've been reading a book about Winchester that has inspired me to visit the city. – Ronald Sole Apr 14 at 20:51
  • Got it, thank you! – vyenkv Apr 15 at 10:02

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