Re: Tense Confusion: Present/Past Perfect vs. Present/Past Perfect Progressive
Yes, I know that from grammar books, too.
Originally Posted by Kreacher
And what if there was NO new shorter event which interrupted my looking for the dog. What if I just want to emphasize the duration of the verb "look for" in the past. In my language (Russian) there are (at least) two ways of showing duration in the situation with a lost dog - 1) I can use one verb form to emphasise the duration, the fact that I took time looking for the poor dog, not just stating a fact that it took me three hours (it could be equivalent to the Past Continuous form "was looking for", but English Grammar says I can't use it as there is no interruption (((, and 2) I can use a "shorter" verb form just to state the fact that it took me three hours (without putting stress on whether it was a long time for me or not). That's why I felt like Past Simple alone wouldn't be enough to express the following idea:
I looked (long) for my dog for three hours but I couldn't find him. So I had to return home.
I looked for my dog for three hours (which is a long time) but I couldn't find him. So I had to return home.
Perhaps the best way to emphasize the duration of "look for" in this case would be: I looked and looked for the dog...?
Sorry I seem to be going off the subject (though discussing duration is also a part of this thread, I'd better start a new thread).
Last edited by englishhobby; 10-Feb-2013 at 07:07.
If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)