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    What`s the difference between these sentences if they are correct? In which situations do we use them?


    I searched for the missing papers all morning.
    i`ve been searching for the missing papers all morning.
    i`ve searched for the missing papers all morning.
    i was searching for the missing papers all morning.
    i had been searching for...
    i had searched for...

    Thank you.

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    • I searched for the missing papers all morning.


    Past tense.

    • i`ve been searching for the missing papers all morning.


    Present progressive. (Capitalize your I. That is not an apostrophe you are using.)

    • i`ve searched for the missing papers all morning.


    Present perfect. (See above.)

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    • I searched for the missing papers all morning.


    I searched and I am finished searching. The searching is over.

    • I've been searching for the missing papers all morning.


    I searched and I am still searching. The searching isn't finished.

    • I've searched for the missing papers all morning.


    I searched for the missing papers. I probably won't continue to do so. (That part is not entirely clear.)

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