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    Default I have worked.

    I have worked in this company for ten years.
    I have been working in this company for ten years.

    * What's the difference?

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    Attention: Iím not a teacher.

    Hi blouen,

    There are some words concerning the matter in question.

    I have worked in this company for ten years. (The fact is emphasized.)
    I have been working in this company for ten years.(The process is emphasized.)

    The Present Perfect denotes completed action connected with the present.

    The Present Perfect Continuous Inclusive is used to denote an action which began in the past, has been going on up to the present and is still going on.

    The Present Perfect denotes a completed action while the Present Perfect Continuous there is an implication of incompleteness

    He has made some experiments.
    He has been making experiments.

    I have worked at the problem for several months.
    We have been working and working at the problem for months and I don/t think we are likely to solve it.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    I have worked in this company for ten years.
    A ten year period of work for a company that ends now.
    I may or may not continue working here but I am only referring to the 10 year period ending now.

    I have been working in this company for ten years.
    A ten year period of work for a company that will continue on from now.
    I will continue working here beyond the present moment for some period of time.

    * What's the difference?
    I think technically they are different but in reality most speakers use them interchangeably. I would use "for" instead of "in".

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    Hi blouen,

    For or it? That’s the question!
    Take it easy Blouen! The following examples give the lie to ungrounded amendments above.
    The meaning of the word company could be different: an organization, a crew, an army unit, a building etc. I think the context is very important in this case.

    Which company do you work for?
    I felt nervous in the company of such an important man.
    Some jokes are just not appropriate to tell in mixed company.
    He has already worked in morning TV for Sky.
    These and many others have worked for private presses and in limited editions where fine illustrations are especially prized.
    They claimed the people's votes because they had worked in the people's interest and not their own …
    I've worked in these homes for fifteen years.
    But she started again after a robber held a knife to her as she worked in a petrol station.
    And male colleagues made rude "noises" over the airwaves when she worked in the radio room, she claimed.
    The major was also writing to Emma and a mother-of-three who worked in a northern factory.
    I worked in a construction industry and er, and it was a male orientated dominated..
    In addition Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien's son, who also worked in the company, was to provide certain security,
    ..many of whom have worked in the hotel for years.
    As a spotty student, I worked in a large hotel in Fort William for four months.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 05-Mar-2008 at 09:17.

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    Thanks for the replies Vil, but I think I got my answer now, which actually confirms my own idea about the sentences. Thanks for the extended topic too, however the preposition 'which is which' is not my problem, just the tenses.

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    1. I have done X for ten years.
    2. I have been doing X for ten years.

    For me, #1 presents "doing X" from the outside, as a whole; while #2 presents "doing X" from the inside, as a process.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Default Re: I have worked.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    1. I have done X for ten years.
    2. I have been doing X for ten years.

    For me, #1 presents "doing X" from the outside, as a whole; while #2 presents "doing X" from the inside, as a process.

    Best wishes,

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    Thanks Mr.P!

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