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    Cool Present perfect simple/continuous

    Hello,

    Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences?

    -Many people have left Egypt since last week.

    -Many people have been leaving Egypt since last week.

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    Default Re: Present perfect simple/continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences?

    -Many people have left Egypt since last week.

    -Many people have been leaving Egypt since last week.

    Thank you
    W
    Yes, there is a difference.
    Generally speaking there are some differences between "present perfect simple"/"present perfect continious" But in this particular case I think that:

    1- The second sentence conveys the feeling that still there are people who are leaving Egypt. It is a process that has begun since last week and still continues.

    2- Our interest in the second sentence is the process itself. In the first sentence we are not much interested in the process itself But in the results.

    3- I'd rather ask:"How long have the people been leaving Egypt?"
    but:"How many people have left Egypt since last week?"
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    You know that tourists are still leaving Egypt and it's not finished yet. So if I were a correspondent of a news agency I would say:"Many tourists have been leaving Egypt since last week"

    But if I wanted to give a figure I would say:
    "one million tourists have left Egypt since last week". Just because now the economic consequences is important.
    Last edited by Khosro; 04-Feb-2011 at 10:09.

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