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    have been doing sth and have done sth

    Dear teachers,

    My little sister was doing something in the washroom, and when I saw her, her clothes were soaking wet.
    So I asked her:
    "What on earth have you done?"
    Is there any different in meaning if I asked this:
    "What on earth have you been doing/ were you doing?"

    some time later in the same day, I went to Sue's home.
    When I saw her, I said:
    "I am going to ask you what you wanted to do tonight,but I can see you're to tired to do anything?"
    Should I change it this way:
    "I was going to ask you what you wanted to do tonight,but I can see you're to tired to do anything?"

    Please help, teachers.

    Thank you

    Kitty.

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    Re: have been doing sth and have done sth

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Some time later in the same day, I went to Sue's home.
    When I saw her, I said:
    "I am going to ask you what you wanted to do tonight,but I can see you're too tired to do anything?"
    Should I change it this way:
    "I was going to ask you what you wanted to do tonight,but I can see you're too tired to do anything?"
    Yes

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