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    Hello

    Thank you for your kind help last time in the topic "the perfect continuous), tdol. I don't know how to continue the question in the same topic. So I'll write this here.

    I understand there are cases where an action which began in the past and is still continuing or has only just finished can be expressed by both the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. I know the state verbs cannot be used for the progressive form. Then, is that true for every verb except the state verbs ?
    Or do only some verbs work that way? If so, what verbs besides " rain" and " wait" do work like that? Are there specific verbs for that?

    Thank you. :)

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    State verbs can have a progressive form:

    I've been living here for six months.

    Often they are used to indicate that the state is temporary.

    With action verbs, the progressive either means that the action is still going on, or places emphasis on the duration of the action, like 'been waiting'.

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