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    Re: had been looking or was looking

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In direct speech you could use the present perfect or the simple past. In my opinion the present perfect would suggest that the looking had been going on for some time.

    Do you mean it should be "I've looked for my hamster"?
    I must be slow on the uptake today. Friday evening! I remember an example from Murphy's book . "You're out of breath. Have you been running?" How is the process of running different from the process of looking for something, if the result is the same now - being out of breath?

    Edit: sorry, I haven't noticed emsr2d2's reply

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    Re: had been looking or was looking

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Do you mean it should be "I've looked for my hamster"?
    I must be slow on the uptake today. Friday evening! I remember an example from Murphy's book . "You're out of breath. Have you been running?" How is the process of running different from the process of looking for something, if the result is the same now - being out of breath?

    Edit: sorry, I haven't noticed emsr2d2's reply
    Sorry. I meant continuous.

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    Re: had been looking or was looking

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For direct speech, if the hamster has been found:

    "I was looking for my hamster" or "I've been looking for my hamster for hours but it's OK, I have now found him."
    I'm a bit uncomfotable with the past progressive because of the clear connection with the present, as in " The ground is wet. It's been raining", or "My hands are dirty; I've been painting the ceiling". Is the addition of 'for hours" necessary here?

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    Re: had been looking or was looking

    I go with Verona-82
    Why I'm out of breath( now)? > because I have been looking for my hamster.
    An action started in the past and stopped recently and there is a result now.
    Last edited by herbiji; 01-Nov-2011 at 16:13.

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