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    Take out three and the second one will work.

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    Re: Present Perfect

    That's one of my main doubts using verbs. Could you explain the right way to use this?
    I can say: "I've been using to do.....", but when?

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    It would be very dificult to use your example. With action vebrs, the present perfect progressive is normally used to show that something began in the pas and is not complete. With the email examples, the speed of the action would generally indicate that it is finished. I culd say 'I've been sending him emails for several days and he hasn't replied'. Here, the action is incomplete because I wil send more emails until he replies. However, with 3 emails, you have basically sent them or not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It would be very dificult to use your example. With action vebrs, the present perfect progressive is normally used to show that something began in the pas and is not complete. With the email examples, the speed of the action would generally indicate that it is finished. I culd say 'I've been sending him emails for several days and he hasn't replied'. Here, the action is incomplete because I wil send more emails until he replies. However, with 3 emails, you have basically sent them or not.
    Ok, very good explanation! Tks.
    Now I have no more reason to make mistakes about it...

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    I wish you luck with it.


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    We shall use the present perfect tense for this sentence.

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I culd say 'I've been sending him emails for several days and he hasn't replied'. Here, the action is incomplete because I wil send more emails until he replies. However, with 3 emails, you have basically sent them or not.
    Present perfect continuous can also be interpreted here as: This is how I spent my time, answering the question: what have you been doing? I have been sending emails.


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    I've been sending three emails today, but they keep getting bounced. I'm running out of ways to spell the address.

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    Re: Present Perfect

    Hello teacher,

    For me the only difference between both forms, is when we are talking about one action which began in the past and has a relation with the present, we use the continuous tense (present perfect continuous) just if we want to show that it is not finished.

    But can we use the present perfect tense with one action which has began in the past and has a result or just stopping at the moment of speaking?

    Thank for your reply and your fast answer, have a nice sunny day, the 'The French'.

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