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Can both "running for" and "running to" be used with the present perfect continuous?

I have a question about the following sentences, which both refer to a single occasion: Why are you out of breath? I have been running for the bus. (uttered when entering the bus) Why are ...
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I've been working late every night this week [closed]

Sarah and John live together. On Monday, Sarah's boss gives her some extra work, so she feels tired after work and decides to leave her car parked at the office, taking a taxi home instead. The next ...
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“Easily find again pages you have been reading”

This is from a website: Recently visited pages Easily find again pages you have been reading. The Present Perfect Continuous is being used here but would it be possible to say: "pages you have ...
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Haven't spoken or haven't been speaking

Could you, please, provide me with an explanation as to why "haven't spoken" is an accepted answer instead of "haven't been speaking" in the following example: My downstairs ...
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have been thinking / have thought

I have been thinking about you Would mean that currently I am still thinking about her but we do not have a period. I have been thinking about you since I met you. This sentence implies I'm still ...
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How long is it? Vs How long has it been?

1). How long is it since you were in London? 2). How long has it been since you were in London? What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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Confusion in tenses

Well, I was learning present perfect tenses today and I am confused between present perfect and present perfect continuous. I have grasped majority of the uses of these sentences but I am confused ...
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Is it right to say "I have started to watch" or better to say "I have been watching"?

Here are my sentences. I have been watching football since 2010 World Cup, and I liked players like Drogba, Lampard, and after World Cup, I have started to watch Premier League. Is it right to say &...
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What tense would we use when we want to create sentence that interrupt present perfect continuous or overlap with it in some part?

I learn that when we use past perfect continuous and we want to describe an interuption or another situation that happens we would use simple past in another sentence. I want to know it's same for ...
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Why we used present perfect here [duplicate]

What kind of feeling we give readers when we use present perfect continuous with present perfect. We have been waiting for Nancy for the last two hours, but she still hasn't arrived. the writter use ...
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Why is present perfect used here?

We have been waiting for Nancy for the last 2 hours, but she still hasn't arrived. It's really confusing for me that why they used present perfect at the end of sentence when the first part of the ...
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has been taking or has taken too much of your spare time

This is an old question but I have not been satisfied by the answers given As I buy many records from Australia, I have an Australian friend who collects all the records I have bought there (I live in ...
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Do I have to parallel tenses in this question?

I have just returned to my hometown after working and living in Rome for 5 years. I do not work or live in Rome anymore. I meet someone who says: "I haven't seen you in a while, what have you ...
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Present perfect progressive or future: "have been saving up" or "going to save up"?

Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable tense form I ______ (save up) for three years because I want to buy a guitar. Although there is a period mentioned, yet I think using the present perfect ...
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I've been reading a lot of books or I've read a lot of books?

I want to say that I started reading a lot of books when I was a child and I continue to do so. So is the present perfect continuous the right tense or should it be the present perfect simple? I've ...
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Presnt Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous? [duplicate]

Source: https://english.elpais.com/economy-and-business/2023-03-16/blackrocks-larry-fink-does-not-rule-out-a-liquidity-crisis-after-svb-collapse.html Fink states that since the 2008 financial crisis, ...
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I've been wasting or I've wasted?

Which tense is used in this sentence? Oh no! This is the wrong paint! I _____________ a lot of time. Now I have to paint all the walls again! A. Have been wasting B. Have wasted What's the right ...
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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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I haven't been ... this week vs I haven't ... this week

What is the difference between I haven't been exercising this week. and I haven't exercised this week. Maybe the difference is that the 2nd sentence means that the number of exercises made is 0 ...
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What is the difference between Present perfect and Present perfect continuous in cases where action doesn't have any result

It's clear that we should use Present perfect when we want to show that an action is completed and we have some result. It is also clear that we should use Present perfect continuous when we want to ...
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I've remembered to be faithful [closed]

Do the first pair of sentences mean the same? Here, remember means to keep in mind. I've remembered to be faithful to my wife. I've been remembering to be faithful to my wife. Do the second pair of ...
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I have been buying a car this week

I have come across a clip where someone says: "I have been buying a car this week". He bought the car for less than the asking price and is very pleased. Then he continues to explain 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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Why "your device has been repaired" instead of "your device is repaired"?

I think "have been" is basically used to express an action that was started in past and is still happening up to present. Now sometimes we use "have been" in the following contexts ...
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How can I avoid using 2 different tenses instead of each other? [duplicate]

Background: My name is Ali. I live in IRAN and my mother tounge is Farsi. My reference book in studying grammar is English Grammar in Use written by Raymond Murphy and I am sure you are familiar with ...
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perfect continous and perfect tenses

1) For the last six months I have been working on the thesis. 2)For the last six months I have worked on the thesis. I know that first sentence is correct. It means I started working six months ...
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The present continuous vs. the present perfect continuous when talking about temporary habitual actions?

Would you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the present continuous the present perfect continuous when talking about temporary habitual actions? For example: I'm going to ...
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I have been reading a lot of/several books since last month

I think sentence 1 is incorrect, but 2 is correct (though I doubt 2); 3 is incorrect, but 4 is correct. Do you think so? I can't explain the reason. Can you please tell me why? I have been reading ...
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What does a negative present perfect progressive tense imply?

I have learned the present perfect progressive on youtube and some other sources. It's clear that the tense implies something that started in the past and continues in the present. However, what does ...
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Present Perfect Continuous and Past Simple for finished actions. How to differentiate?

please look at my question carefully. It's not the difference btw Present Perfect and Past Simple or Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous. This topic isn't usually covered, but looking at ...
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Why we use present perfect continuous in these 2 examples(instead of present perfect simple)?

1-The children are tired now. They have been playing in the garden. 2-Are you ok? You look as if you have been crying. I question why we use present perfect continuous instead of present perfect ...
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Why we use present perfect continuous in the below example?

Can you tell me why we use the present perfect continuous in this example? I have been drinking more water recently, and I feel better. I thought it must be present perfect simple, because when we ...
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what happens in the following I have been traveling since I was ten years old

I have been working on The Present Perfect Continuous Tense recently, I saw the following I have been traveling since I was ten years old. I have been learning that the Present Perfect Continuous ...
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I have developed a program for two years. - it can mean a 2-year period in the past. Am I right?

Example 1 (1) I have developed a program for two years. (2) I have been developing a program for two years. Let's say right now is 2022. So (2) means that the developing of the program is from 2020 ...
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How long have I been sleeping? [closed]

If I was sleeping and I just woke up, is it correct to say to someone: How long I have been sleeping? Secondly, the present perfect continuous implies the continuity but does it mean that I am doing ...
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Who has been drawing these pictures?

A teacher walked into the classroom and found that there were a few ugly pictures on the blackboard. He asked, Who has been drawing these pictures? Who was drawing these pictures? Which sentence is ...
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meaning sentence present perfect continuous [duplicate]

In a movie, someone says "she has been possessing people", when speaking about a "witch". Does this sentence mean that "she" has possessed people for a while and ...
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I have been walking/ I have walked [duplicate]

If I have just walked and now I am at home, can I say: I have been walking, so now I am very tired (I think yes) I have walked, so now I am very tired (I do not know) If it lasted 3 hours can I say: ...
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Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Progessive? [duplicate]

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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What is the difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous in this example

I've always struggled with these two tenses, for example, is there any difference between these two sentences, or is one of them just wrong? I have been working all my life, I should have a home by ...
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I haven't waited vs I haven't been waiting

In the following text: A: I'm sorry I'm late. B: That's OK. I _______________ long. I answered haven't waited but the correct answer is haven't been waiting Could you explain the difference ...
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PRESENT PERFECT/PPC for actions with duration

Context: My friend's come to visit me and I am showing him my new country house (which I am still working on in my free time, haven't finished it yet) As far as I understand, I've worked on this ...
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Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous

If the Present Perfect is used to focus on the completed action and on the result, why do we say: "I have been cycling (Present Perfect Continuous) all day and my legs are really tired now."...
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I work / I'm working / I've been working

Someone asks us what our job is. What's the difference between these three answers? I'm a secretary. I work in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I'm working in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I've ...
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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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Which Perfect aspect should be used: "I’ve read / been reading this page three times already…”? [closed]

I’ve been reading this page three times already, but I still don’t understand it. Or I’ve read this page three times already, but I still don’t understand it. Is the action in progress or is it ...
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"I have taught Italian for three years." vs "I have been teaching Italian for three years"

If you still teach Italian at school, which would be better? A) I have taught Italian for three years. B) I have been teaching Italian for three years. If they are both fine, is there any difference?
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can I use "own" in progressive?

I ...... this car for more than ten years. a) have owned b) have been owning c) owned d) will own So what's the difference between a,b and c
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Is it idiomatic to use the present perfect simple to give an explanation for a present result?

I am tired because I have been climbing the Eiffel Tower. This focuses on the effort of climbing and the present perfect is used in an explanatory resultative fashion. I am tired because climbing ...
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Has Been usage in different contenxts

Patanjali Ayurveda’s claimed cure for Covid-19 has been criticised for making unsubstantiated claims of efficacy. What does this mean? It was criticised some time back and that effect is still there ...