- 1 Post By Dawood Usmani
were looking, have been looking
Where have you been? We were looking/ have been looking for you everywhere.
Where have you been? My brother was looking/ has been looking for you everywhere.
Are the two tenses correct in this sentence? Chinese learners find it difficult to tell these tenses apart, and so do the teachers.
Thank you very much in advance.
Re: were looking, have been looking
Past tense only talks about the past. It has nothing to do with present. But here, in your sentence, we need to use present perfect continuous.
Originally Posted by joham
1- Past continuous = something was happening at a particular time in the past e.g. I was having a bath when the doorbell rang. ( At a particular time in the past; the action of having a bath is finished. No result in the present)
2- Present Perfect Continuous = something has just stopped happening. ( The result is still present.) For example, "Why are your hands dirty? What have you been doing? ~ I've been repairing my car. Your eyes are red. Have you been sleeping ? ~ Yes, I've been sleeping. ( In both sentences, the action has just stopped happening.)
Hope this has helped a bit.
Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 15-Dec-2007 at 11:11.
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