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    Consider:
    1-I haven't been going there for a long time.

    I think this sentence could mean:
    a-I have been going there, but not for a long time.
    and:
    b-I used to go there but I stopped a long time ago and I haven't gone there in a long time

    But could it be used in the following context:
    c-I haven't been going there (regularly) for a long time. I have just dropped by a couple of times recently.

    I think in C it is necessary to use "regularly". What would you say?

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    I think it's hard to extract 'c' from the context without further additions, like 'regularly'. Of the other meanings, I would default to'b'.

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    Default Re: HAVE BEEN

    Quote Originally Posted by NAVI
    Consider:
    1-I haven't been going there for a long time.

    I think this sentence could mean:
    a-I have been going there, but not for a long time.
    and:
    b-I used to go there but I stopped a long time ago and I haven't gone there in a long time

    But could it be used in the following context:
    c-I haven't been going there (regularly) for a long time. I have just dropped by a couple of times recently.

    I think in C it is necessary to use "regularly". What would you say?
    I agree about "regularly" in c. It clears up the confusion. To clear up the confusion in a, try "I've only been going there a short time."

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    The sentence would work better as:
    • I haven't been going there regularly for a long time.


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