- For Teachers
A friend of mine was in Morocco a few years ago. If I want to ask her how big was the period she spent there, which question from the following two should I use?
How long have you been studying in Morocco?
I'd choose this one, because this is the question I was taught we use when we generally asking how long sth lasted.
How long were you studying in Morocco?
The reason for choosing this one is simple: she was there, and is no longer there - past; therefore - past tense.
Do we still use present perfect progressive for asking how long was the period of the action even when the action is finished?
I would use "How long did you study for in Morocco?" but "How long were you studying in Morocco?" is OK.
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Why do we use the word 'for'? Wouldn't the sentence be correct even without it?How long did you study for in Morocco?