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    present perfect progressive vs past progressive

    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?

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    Re: present perfect progressive vs past progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    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?

    Thank you
    "How long have you been studying in Morocco?" If the period of study finished some years ago, this is wrong. This is only appropriate if she is still studying in Morocco.

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    Re: present perfect progressive vs past progressive

    I would use "How long did you study for in Morocco?" but "How long were you studying in Morocco?" is OK.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: present perfect progressive vs past progressive

    How long did you study for in Morocco?
    Why do we use the word 'for'? Wouldn't the sentence be correct even without it?

    Thank you

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