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    This is Mr Carter, who I was telling you about.

    We often introduce someone to the other person this way. I'd just like to know why we can't say 'This is Mr Carter, who I told/ have told/ have been telling you about. And if we can say the sentence in these other ways, what are the differences between them?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Default Re: was telling, told, have told, have been telling

    In fact, for most of your sentences, the meaning is almost the same, and you could use any of them. But there some very small differences:

    ...who I was telling you about. (At some time in the past, I was telling you about him, until we were interrupted/changed the subject/went home...)

    ...who I told you about. (I told you about him in the past. This is very neutral.)

    ...who I have told you about. (You already know something about him.)

    The last one is a little different:

    ...who I have been telling you about. (He is the subject of the conversation which we are having now. Or: I have told you many things about him repeatedly over a long period of time.)

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    Default Re: was telling, told, have told, have been telling

    Rewboss,

    I don't know how to thank you enough. You've cleared my puzzles for a long period of time. Thank you for your kindness.

    joham

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