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    dear all can you explain me the use of present perfect continous
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    Quote Originally Posted by adel87 View Post
    Dear all can you explain me the use of present perfect continous
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    Hello, I am not a teacher, just a learner,

    You use the present perfect continuous for an action which begins in the past and continues until the present time.

    Example: I am tired because I have been running for two hours this morning.

    Hope it's help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello, I am not a teacher, just a learner,

    You use the present perfect continuous for an action which begins in the past and continues until the present time.

    Example: I am tired because I have been running for two hours this morning.

    Hope it's help you.

    See you later on the forum.
    I have been working on this report for three weeks.
    I have been driving this car for 10 years.

    Note that this tense does not require that you did that one action and nothing else but that action. It simply let's know it's still going on now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Hello Bard-D,

    If I understand what you have written, the present perfect continuous tense is used to an action which began in the past, during a length of time with a connection with present time.

    Is my summarize alright?

    Thanks see you later on the forum.

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    Yes, I agree with you complete, but note that my name is Barbara, not Bardara :)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, I agree with you complete, but note that my name is Barbara, not Bardara :)
    Sorry if I hurt you Barbara. It's not what I want to do.
    Very nice name, we have in France women called like you.

    Thanks for your help.

    One question. Have you an idea for me to increase my level in English, sorry in American?

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    I think you're very proficient already. Just what everyone else says, I'm sure: Read, read, read!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think you're very proficient already. Just what everyone else says, I'm sure: Read, read, read!
    Hi Barbara,

    You are flattering me, but I am not sure I have a high level in English. I read newpaper but it's very hard sometimes to follow what the writers mean.Do you know sites where I can find things about business or other stuffs, but not news, because news are always the same in all newspapers around EU and USA.

    Thanks and have a sunny day.

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    I am not a teacher.

    The action started in the past and continued until now then it is present perfect

    I have repaired my car for two hours \\ now the repairing is complete
    I have learned English for two years \\ no longer I will learn English


    The action started in the past and will continue in the future too .. then it is present perfect continuous

    I have been repairing my car for two hours \\ now the repairing is not complete and could continue in the future too.

    I have been learning English for two years \\ the learning started in the past before two years ago and will continue in the future too
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    Mon ami,
    Perhaps you would enjoy reading the blogs of the journalists, instead of the news stories. Or the columnists.

    For example, The Washington Post has some interesting writers.
    washingtonpost.com or if you want to read about money, there's this one: Michelle Singletary bio and recent articles | Staff | washingtonpost.com

    (I don't suggest these because I agree or disagree with what they write, but I think their level of writing might stretch you just enough.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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