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    Default present perfect progressive+earlier

    Could I use the present perfect progressive as in "I've been trying to power up the laptop earlier. But I could not do it since I don't know the code."?

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    Default Re: present perfect progressive+earlier

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I use the present perfect progressive as in "I've been trying to power up the laptop earlier. But I could not do it since I don't know the code."?
    No, you can't use it with the adverb "earlier". You have obviously stopped trying to power up the laptop, so the present progressive is not right.
    You could say: "I've been trying to power up the laptop all day. But I haven't been able to do it since I don't know the code." (This means that you're still trying)
    Otherwise, you must say, "I was trying to power up the laptop earlier ..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you can't use it with the adverb "earlier". You have obviously stopped trying to power up the laptop, so the present progressive is not right.
    You could say: "I've been trying to power up the laptop all day. But I haven't been able to do it since I don't know the code." (This means that you're still trying)
    Otherwise, you must say, "I was trying to power up the laptop earlier ..."


    1)So I should use the past progressive with "earlier" "I was trying to power up...."?

    2)Could I use the present perfect progressive with the past simple as in " I've been reading the book all morning. But I couldn't come up with an answer to your question."?

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    Default Re: present perfect progressive+earlier

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post


    1)So I should use the past progressive with "earlier" "I was trying to power up...."?
    That's what I've suggested.

    2)Could I use the present perfect progressive with the past simple as in " I've been reading the book all morning. But I couldn't come up with an answer to your question."?
    It would be better to say "I've been reading the book all morning. But I couldn't haven't been able to come up with an answer to your question."

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    Default Re: present perfect progressive+earlier

    When you say "I have been trying", this tells the reader that this took place in the past.(earlier)

    You then want to say what is happening now, as a result of the past, so the additional information can be stated in the present.



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