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    Default have planned/thought vs. have been planning/thinking

    Hello,

    The key to a test from my book gives the following answers:

    It's my mum and dad's golden wedding anniversary next weekend. We've been arranging a surprise party for the last three months. We've booked a room...ordered a cake...received over 50 replies to our invitations. Mum and Dad suspect we've been planning something special, but they don't really know what. I know Mum has been thinking very carefully about their outfits. She's bought a new dress and ....

    A couple of students have chosen 'have planned' and 'has thought". Although I'd go for the progressive, I don't think the present perfect is incorrect. Or is it?

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    Default Re: have planned/thought vs. have been planning/thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    The key to a test from my book gives the following answers:

    It's my mum and dad's golden wedding anniversary next weekend. We've been arranging a surprise party for the last three months. We've booked a room...ordered a cake...received over 50 replies to our invitations. Mum and Dad suspect we've been planning something special, but they don't really know what. I know Mum has been thinking very carefully about their outfits. She's bought a new dress and ....

    A couple of students have chosen 'have planned' and 'has thought". Although I'd go for the progressive, I don't think the present perfect is incorrect. Or is it?
    No, it's not incorrect.

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    Default Re: have planned/thought vs. have been planning/thinking

    Would you prefer one to the other, or does it depend on what you'd like to emphasize?

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    Default Re: have planned/thought vs. have been planning/thinking

    If you want to emphasize the duration of the planning for the event and for the outfit, the progressive is a good choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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