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    Be doing vs. have been doing.Which is better in the following case?

    Would anyone please tell me which of the following two is better. Any help and explanation is much appreciated.
    In the current monitor market, the flat-screen displays are gradually replacing the conventional CRT displays.
    In the current monitor market, the flat-screen displays have been gradually replacing the conventional CRT displays.
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    Re: Be doing vs. have been doing.Which is better in the following case?

    They basically have the same meaning for me, but one could infer that in the context posted "are replacing" is a more current assessment, whereas "have been replacing" is an assessment that has been in progress for some indefinite period of time.

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    Re: Be doing vs. have been doing.Which is better in the following case?

    They are so similar. To me, the only difference is that the first one sounds like the process is a bit newer - we're still in the early part of the changeover. The second one sounds like it's been going on for a while.
    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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    Re: Be doing vs. have been doing.Which is better in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    Would anyone please tell me which of the following two is better.Any help and explanation is much appreciated.
    In the current monitor market,the flat-screen displays are gradually replacing the conventional CRT displays.
    In the current monitor market,the flat-screen displays have been gradually replacing the conventional CRT displays.
    To me, they imply the same, though the above points could be valid.
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