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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous with the verb “find”

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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present perfect with “for”: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question

How do the meanings of the following sentences differ: For almost a century, researchers have argued over this question. For almost a century, researchers have been arguing over this question. I ...
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“Have you been swimming?” and “have you just swum?”

If I meet my friend as he is leaving the swimming pool, I know I can ask: Have you been swimming? But can I also say "have you just swum?" instead of the question above? If so, do the two ...
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Have you <been working> <worked> hard?

a. You look tired. Have you been working hard? b. You look tired. Have you worked hard? My book (Grammar in use Intermediate) says that "a" is correct. And my answer was also "a". But I want to ...
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the difference between the present perfect simple and continuous - She's been playing tennis since she was eight

She's been playing tennis since she was eight. Does the meaning of the sentence above change if I use the present perfect simple as below? She's played tennis since she was eight.
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present perfect continuous - a finished action or an ongoing action

I’ve been working in the garden. I’ve been reading your book. I’ve been writing the Politics essay. When studying the present perfect continuous, I have learned that the tense can describe ...
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a finished activity in the recent past - present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous

I have been studying about 'present perfect continuous' and found out that we use the tense to talk about a finished activity in the recent past. (source) e.g., I’ve just been cleaning the car. (The ...
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“have been playing” or “have played”?

Which phrase is more grammatically correct? 1) I have been playing cricket for last 2 years. Or 2) I have played cricket for last 2 years.
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Present Perfect Continuous and Future Simple - quiz contemplation

I bumped into that quiz, and I'm quite confused by these two questions' answers. I would appreciate any clarifications. A) Jane talks on the phone. Bob has been talking on the phone for an hour. ...
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Has it rained/been raining at all since?

I want to know if rain occurred occasionally in France since the last time I went there, which is February. I would ask " Has it rained at all in France since February?". Is this correct? Could I ...
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Which tense is more correct to use here in this example - Present Perfect Simple/Progressive

I (live) ____ in London since 1994. Which tense is more correct to use here in this example; A) Present Perfect Simple or B) Present Perfect Continuous? Answer A): I have lived in London since ...
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has lived for vs has build for

We have two sets of sentences: 1.a) I have been living here for 3 months. 1.b) I have lived here for 3 months. and 2.a) I have been building the house for 3 months. 2.b) I have built ...
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Why can't we say “I have been having a dog”?

So I can say "I have been playing the guitar since I was 6" but "I have been having a dog since I was 6" sounds incorrect. Why?
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why is the present perfect used in this sentence?

This is from a novel: "We have walked along the beach and are now approaching the prom". Why not use "we have been walking along the beach?" It is recent and it conveys duration, so to me the ...
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Which is the better choice here? Present perfect continuous or past simple?

Today is Sunday and I don't feel well because I have been drinking three days in a row: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The drinking has stopped, but I can still feel its effect, so present perfect ...
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Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Progessive?

How long _______ there? (work/you) Which tense to use. A) Present Perfect Simple, or B) Present Perfect Progressive? A) How long have you worked there? B) How long have you been working there?
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Equality of continuous and perfect tenses (in a certain context)

Would they be both correct and equal in the same context (just to mention the fact) if I said TODAY: (1)It has been raining all day. (2)It is raining all day. Would they be both correct and ...
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“I haven't swum since” vs “I haven't been swimming since”

In the following text: The last time I went swimming was when we were in Spain. I haven't been swimming since we were in Spain. Why is present perfect progressive tense used in the second ...
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Present Perfect Continuous VS Simple

I think, I can use Present Perfect Continuous(as it can express repeated action too) as well as Present Perfect Simple and they have similar meanings in this case. Am I right? (I got confused ...
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Why are different tenses used in these similar situations?

I have the following (similar) examples: My mouth tastes like I have vomited. My throat feels like I have been yelling at a concert. Is there a grammatical reason why one uses the present perfect ...
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One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years (tense choice)

I want to tell someone about one of the most interesting projects I was involved in during the past couple of years: One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years [is ...
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When are the present perfect simple and continuous interchangeable, and when are they not?

Let me give some examples to give you guys a good idea of my question. My friend says that a sentence like this sounds weird. I have built my house for 2 years. He says I should say this. ...
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Present perfect progressive VS present perfect simple

I've encountered this sentence in my Cambridge grammar handbook: How long ___(you/have) that bad cough? I used Present perfect continuous while there is mentioned only Present perfect simple in ...
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The use of the present continuous tense instead of the present perfect continuous tense

In a video I was watching the person said: I am working on my new book and hope to complete it soon. But at that moment, it is obvious, he wasn't writing it; he explaining phrasal verbs. Wouldn't ...
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Why is my hair wet?

I have finished washing my hair and it is still wet. Why is my hair wet? Because I have washed it. (focus is on the final result) Because I have been washing it. (focus is on the action) To ...
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Can Present Perfect Continuous and Present Continuous have the same meaning?

According to https://englishsentences.com/present-tense/ b. Present Continuous The present continuous tense describes actions and/or events that are currently happening or going on now; in ...
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Difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous

What is the difference between the following 2 sentences? Or are they same? He has walked for an hour. He has been walking for an hour. Is it that in 1, he may not walk now and in 2, he is walking ...
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past continuous or present perfect continuous

If I play football since I was eight years old and still I am playing football I should say I have been playing football since I was eight. But if I started playing football when I was eight and then ...
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present perfect continuous to complain?

If someone has spilt coffee over my couch, can I say "who has been spilling coffee over my couch?!", using the present perfect continuous to complain?
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It's the first time he has driven or been driving a car

I had always known that we generally use the present perfect simple for things that we do for the first time. Here is a classic example from the English Grammar in Use self-study book by Cambridge ...
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“Was never heard from ever again since” and should I be using Present Perfect Continuous

Let's say we have someone of whom we've never heard of ever again since some event. Do I say: "And he was never heard from ever again since" or "He has never been heard from ever again since". The ...
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“have been reading” vs “have read”

Is that valid to say: I've been reading 3 books this week. Is this sentence grammatically correct?, I know that it is better to say I've read 3 books this week, But Is it grammatical to say the ...
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have been working or worked?

It is 10 o'clock in the evening and I am tired because I had a busy day at work. (I finished work at 6 o'clock.) Can I say I'm tired because I've been working hard all day or do I have to say ...
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Am I criticizing by saying this?

If I visit someone in the middle of the day and they look like they have just woken up, can I say, "Have you been sleeping?" or does that sound like I am criticizing? Should I just say, “Were you ...
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what I have been reading vs what I have read

Can anyone explain to me why several book review sites are called "what I have been reading" when they describe books the reviewer has read? why aren't they called "what I have read"?
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present perfect continuous or present perfect simple?

This is from a website: recently visited pages, easily find again pages you have been reading. Would it be possible to say: "pages you have read" without any difference in meaning?
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“I read your diary” vs. “I have been reading your diary”

If someone says: "I am sorry, but I read your diary", it means that person read the entire diary, right? Wouldn't it be better to say "I have been reading your diary" if they want to express they have ...
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present progressive vs present perfect progressive

This week I am looking after my neighbor's cat. This is a temporary situation, which is happening only this week, and I am emphasizing that fact. This week I have been looking after my ...
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Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous with “throughout”

Which one is grammatical: Throughout my career, I have been writing a diverse range of computer programs for multiple employers. Throughout my career, I have written a diverse range of ...
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present perfect simple or continuous

I can`t sleep because I have been watching a scary movie (shortly before, I am not watching it anymore). Does this sentence sound okay? Or do I have to use present perfect simple?
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present perfect continuous for an action recently stopped

The present perfect continuous can be used for an action that has just stopped, but has a present result, for example: I have been gardening (my hands are covered in soil) or it has been raining (the ...
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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous

My grammar book states that we use Perfect Continuous to make an emphasis on the duration of the action, that is why that tense usually goes with words like how long, since and for. However, there ...
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Does present perfect continuous imply that the action/event is ongoing if the duration is given?

In my grammar book the following examples for present perfect continuous (PPC) are given: Example no. 1: Is it raining? No, but the ground is wet. It's been raining. ( = It has been ... ) ...
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Present Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous in the same sentence

Can I use both Present Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous in the same sentence? Apparently the army had been trying to advance last night but has been stopped by the enemy. The reasons: Present ...
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The verb form IN a since-clause

An example sentence in a grammar book says: You've drunk about ten cups of tea since you've been sitting here. (M. Swan, Practical English Usage, §522.3 since-clause: since we were at school) ...
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Present perfect continuous and past continuous

A:"This lesson was so boring, the teacher has been talking/was talking all the time. B: "How would you know, you have been sleeping/were sleeping all the time". If the lesson had just finished and ...
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What is the difference between present perfect progressive and present perfect?

I learn that the difference between present perfect progressive and present perfect is the fact that present perfect means that the event occurred in the past is just completed. and present perfect ...
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I finally watched the video YouTube HAS / HAD been recommending for weeks

I don't think this sentence is correct. Am I right? I finally watched the video YouTube has been recommending for weeks. Shouldn't the past perfect continuous be used there instead of the present ...
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Using “just” with Present Perfect Continuos

We can say: We have already made the decision. We have already been learning English for a half of a year. Thus, I may use "just" either with Present Perfect/Past Perfect and Present ...
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“what was going on” VS “what has been going on”

Sentences: What was going on in my absence. What has been going on in my absence. This is a task on translating. There is no other context. I want to kno what is the difference. The ...