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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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have you been to London before/ were in London before?

Is this your first time in London or have you been to London before? vs Is this your first time in London or were you in London before? *situation : a local is taking a tourist for a city tour * ...
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A question about focus

Let`s say I have redecorated my living room, it is finished and it looks nice. Someone comments on it, says it looks great. Is it possible for me to say: "yes, I have been redecorating", even though ...
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Right way to express a thought

I want to express that I would like to write a book before I turn 40. I want to know which among the below listed is best way to express this thought and which among them are grammatically incorrect....
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The use of the past perfect and the past simple after the present perfect

Tell me please if there is any difference between the following sentences. I have tried to fix a phone I broke, but I couldn't. I have tried to fix a phone I had broken, but I couldn't. Until ...
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“had + past participle ” VS “could have + past participle ” in conditional sentence

The following sentence is collected from cricinfo.com: They were under a little bit of pressure then. If we could have carried on, we could have set them 220 or even more than that. So to get out ...
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how to say this sentence

It was raining for three days. the farmers were very happy to water their fields. or It has been raining for three days. the farmers were very happy to water their fields. I normally would ...
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“just went to [place] last September” vs “have just gone to [place] last September”

May I know are the following two sentences grammatical and idiomatic? I just went to Venice last September I've just gone to Venice last September
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'I thought I have known you.' and 'I thought I had known you'

Which sentence is grammatically correct and what does the sentence mean? I'm a bit confused about the sentence can be mixed with present and past tense or not?
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“Have you had a breakfast” or “did you have a breakfast”?

Which one is correct "have you had a breakfast" or "did you have a breakfast"? And should I use the ‘a’ s, is it necessary to use it?
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'Is' vs 'has been'

"It is/has been 40 years since I left college" Which one of 'is' and 'has been' should be preferred in above sentence and why?
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Usage of 'have had'

The following is a line from the novel 'Atlas shrugged' by Ayn Rand. Why, then—she wondered—should he have had to carry a burden of tragedy which, in silent endurance, he had accepted so completely ...
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Is it worth to use present perfect in this situation?

I'm Russian and English is not my first language. I'd like to say: we went to France every year or we have gone to France every year We did it in the past but now we don't. Which of the ...
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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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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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wide usage of present-perfect

I want to know "present-perfect" in the following sentence 1 grammartically I'll lend you the book as soon as I have done with it. I'll lend you the book as soon as I shall have done with it. For ...
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Tense slip: “have done sth when I realized”?

Most of the confidences were unsought —frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the ...
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What is the difference between “everything we studied before/earlier” and “everything we have studied before/earlier”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. In this class we are going to review everything we studied before. In this class we are going to review ...
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Does “I haven't got to do it yet” imply not completing sth but having enough time to make it?

I wanted to express a similar meaning to the one of this sentence: I haven't get it done yet, but at the same time, I wanted to emphasise that I had enough time, but was, say, too lazy to complete ...
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Usage of Present perfect and present continuous tense

I have been studying present perfect tense this week and I tried so many exercises to improve my grammar. Then I have tried this exercise. But I can't interpret the correct answer for the 1st question....
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Actions Which Terminate at Present Moment

Which tense should I use for actions which terminate exactly at the present time and the final point of the action is the present moment ? Can present perfect be used for this type of situation ...
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Usage of “have”

I'm a little confused and I want to know which one of the sentences below is correct. After I’ve done that, everything has changed. After I had done that, everything changed.
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Which is correct?Present perfect or past simple?

What would you say to someone that just told you she is pregnant from the grammatical point of view? "Really? But we have always been so careful and taken every precaution" or "Really? But we ...
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Finished Present Perfect Continuous

Can I say "I have been living there since 2001 but I don't live there now."?
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Present Perfect form of “manage to do something”

Yesterday a friend told me she was having a problem with an assignment and I couldn't help her. Today I was curious whether she had solved it, so I wanted to ask: Did you manage to solve the problem? ...
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How do I tell my teacher what I had to do in my homework?

I don't know how to describe my homework task, I mean I don't know which tense to use. For example: I have done my homework, where I had to review requirements, execute test cases and report a ...
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Do we use present perfect or past perfect when talking about repeated actions in the past?

I have a short query - Which of the following is the correct variant? "...just try to remember how many times you were angry that a new episode of your favorite series hasn’t been translated into ...
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present perfect or past simple in this case for an event that has finished recently

Restorers have returned the Leaning Tower of Pisa to its former glory after an eight-year restoration project in which they cleaned and partially straightened it. Workers were using chisels and hi-...
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Tense of subordinate clause after “I confirmed that”

Which is best among the following sentences, and why? 1. I confirmed that now the page was updated. 2. I confirmed that now the page is updated. 3. I confirmed that now the page has been updated.
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“Lived” or “have lived”?

Complete the following sentence : I live in New York, but I ___________ (live) in Mexico for many years. what should we use "lived" or "have lived" and why ? what is the difference in meaning ? ...
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Proper tense in “I read the documentation but I didn’t find any information about requirements”

I read the documentation but I didn’t find any information about requirements. Is it right to use the simple past here? Or should I say it like this: I've read the documentation but I haven’t ...
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Which tense is better to talk about progress and development : present simple/ continues/ perfect?

Prices are increasing. Prices have been/ have increased. Prices increase. I know all of them are grammatically correct and all mean that prices increased in the past and still continue to ...
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“Have you ever worked in a …” vs. “Have you ever been working in a …”

Which one of these sentences is right, the perfect simple or the perfect continuous? A: Have you ever worked in a factory? B: No, never! or A: Have you ever been working in a factory? B: No,...
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“I had never” vs. “I have never” when talking about a first-time event in the past

Tell me please what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences. I had an awful back pain yesterday, and honestly I have never experienced anything like that before. I had an ...
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The use of the present perfect and the past parfect in context

Let's say that I have just experieced a sharp pain and want to say that this is the worst pain by now. Do I say I have never experienced such a pain before or I had never experienced such a ...
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'had set up' VS 'have set up'

I am writing a story. In my story, I'm writing the prologue using the present tense, due to wanting the reader to be closer to the protagonist and experience his story in real time. I am also ...
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Making a sentence using Present Perfect and Passive

Is it wrong saying: "Have that been + (verb in past participle)" For example: Have that been shown. Also, is it formal or not? Thanks EDIT Let me give you some context: I am doing a math paper (for ...
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become or have become

My role model is Roald Dahl. Reading his books, i found myself fascinated by his interesting stories and creative characters. I especially like the messages and lessons in his books. I learned that ...
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Why Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous? Sentences are added

thanks for paying attention to my request. There are four sentenses that drive me crazy :) The sentences and the keys are provided by a book for a CAE exam preparation. 1) She was breathing hard as ...
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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Difference between present perfect vs simple past

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Are they interchangeable in formal writing? Although the following two sentences may mean the same thing, I would like to know which is ...
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Has vs. might not have been?

Here’s the two sentences: This has not always been the case. This might not have always been the case. Obviously, using "has" in the first and "have" in the second is correct. I know that. ...
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Passive voice present perfect tense vs present perfect continuous tense

introduce There are several job oriented courses that have been being introduced in the universities’ curriculum. or There are several job oriented courses that have been introduced in ...
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Have found or find

My question is should I use have found or find this quote in this sentence or is there something different that should be used here. Thanks for the help If your actions inspire others to dream ...
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nail clippings in the sink: has cut or has been cutting?

If you find nail clippings in the sink or on the floor of the bathroom at work for example, what would you say: someone has cut their nails at work or someone has been cutting their nails? I am ...
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Usage of was/is in cooperation with present/past perfect tense

I'm a bit confused about something: when using the present perfect/past perfect, am I to use "was" or "is" in the main clause? That day was the most romantic thing that had ever happened to me. ...
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I (had / have had) no idea

Which is correct: I (had / have had) no idea you were such a good chess player. The book said that 'had' is correct, but why? Why the present perfect is not correct?
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Past Perfect or Present Perfect for the verb “Think”?

The context is a situation where I've been looking for my keys for the last a couple of minutes. First, I check the pockets of my trousers, then I check the drawers. When I was checking the ...
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How a native English speaker use Present Perfect tense in formal writing?

In formal academic essays or in IELTS task 2 essays. The Present Perfect can be used in two cases mainly, which are shown in the below examples: Case 1) I have been married for 21 years. The ...
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What's the difference between “present perfect” and “present continuous” constructions when used for expressing repeated actions?

Is there any difference between the present continuous and present perfect tense in each of the following sentence pairs when both tenses express repeated actions? For example, He is always ...

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