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    Hello, I have a question about past continuous and present perfect continuous. What's the difference between sentences :
    I was ironing.
    I have been ironing. ?

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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Welcome to the forums, taksobie.

    The difference between those tenses depends on the wider context.

    'I was ironing my shirts when the doorbell rang.'

    'I have been ironing all morning; I need to sit down.'

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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    'I have been ironing all morning; I need to sit down.'

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    Question: Can semicolon in here be replaced by the connected word "and?"

    Thank you,


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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forums, taksobie.

    The difference between those tenses depends on the wider context.

    'I was ironing my shirts when the doorbell rang.'

    'I have been ironing all morning; I need to sit down.'

    Rover
    1)We use the past continuous to say that somebody was in the middle of doing something at a certain time: "I was ironing my shirts when the doorbell rang."
    2) We use the present perfect continuous for an activity that has recently stopped or just stopped (there's a connection with now) : "I have been ironing all morning; I need to sit down."

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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    Question: Can the semicolon in here be replaced by the conjunction "and?"

    Yes, it can. You could also use 'so'.

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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Thank you very much! :)

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    Default Re: past continuous vs present perfect continuous

    Your thanks are appreciated, taksobie, but you don't need to send them in a separate post.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


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