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    Default present perfect contiunous tense vs past continuous tense

    I started to read some grammar book , but find difficulty to distinguish between " present perfect contiunous tense " and " past continuous tense " . It seems that both means an action started in the past and will be continued at the the time of speaking .

    For example :
    I have been reading for two hours .
    I was reading this morning .
    I was reading since two hours ago .

    Which is better ? Is there any difference in meaning between these three sentence .

    Thank you for your help in advance .

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    Default Re: present perfect contiunous tense vs past continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by dkyeung View Post
    I started to read some grammar book , but find difficulty to distinguish between " present perfect contiunous tense " and " past continuous tense " . It seems that both means an action started in the past and will be continued at the the time of speaking .

    For example :
    I have been reading for two hours .
    I was reading this morning .
    I was reading since two hours ago .

    Which is better ? Is there any difference in meaning between these three sentence .

    Thank you for your help in advance .
    I have been reading for two hours . I started reading two hours ago, I am still reading or I have just stopped.
    I was reading this morning . At some point this morning I was reading, it's finished I am not reading now.
    I was reading since two hours ago . This is grammatically incorrect. You could say: "I have been reading since two o'clock." We use "since" with a specific time reference.

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    Default Re: present perfect contiunous tense vs past continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have been reading for two hours . I started reading two hours ago, I am still reading or I have just stopped.
    I was reading this morning . At some point this morning I was reading, it's finished I am not reading now.
    I was reading since two hours ago . This is grammatically incorrect. You could say: "I have been reading since two o'clock." We use "since" with a specific time reference.
    Thanks for your comment . My English is poor and I want to clarify more . Is it possible to express the meaning of the first sentence ( I started reading two hours ago , I am still reading ) in past continuous tense . If it can , would you please show me an example . Thanks .

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    Default Re: present perfect contiunous tense vs past continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by dkyeung View Post
    Thanks for your comment . My English is poor and I want to clarify more . Is it possible to express the meaning of the first sentence ( I started reading two hours ago , I am still reading ) in past continuous tense . If it can , would you please show me an example . Thanks .
    Yes,
    I have been reading for two hours.= I started reading two hours ago, I am still reading or I have just stopped.

    My sentence in blue gives you the meaning of your original sentence, sorry if I didn't make that clear.

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