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    rainiranian is offline Newbie
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    Default the present continuous or the present perfect continuous?

    According to advanced grammar in use book (Cambridge university press by Martin Hewings - page 2 )
    I have written a sentence below :
    ((to talk about particular actions or events that have begun but have not ended at the time of speaking , we use the present continuous ))
    please explain how can we know difference between present perfect continuous verb and the present continuous verb ?
    because these verbs are similar .
    help please .
    thanks a lot
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    Default Re: the present continuous or the present perfect continuous?

    Can you start by posting two sentences, showing some action in the Present Continuous, and in the Present Perfect Continuous?

    Whether a person is posting for the first time like yourself, or has been posting on this forum for some time, they are still encouraged to give examples so people can then comment.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: the present continuous or the present perfect continuous?

    With the present continuous, the focus is purely on the current activity, while the present perfect continuous combines time spent with the current activity.

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