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    How can I......?

    Hello my teachers.......


    How can I distinguish between present perfect and present perfect continuous in meaning?

    Thank you...................

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    Re: How can I......?

    Quote Originally Posted by ESL-lover
    Hello my teachers.......


    How can I distinguish between present perfect and present perfect continuous in meaning?

    Thank you...................
    For action verbs, the present perfect simple describes a finished action and the present perfect continuous (also called the present perfect progressive) describes an action that is unfinished:
    I've read the book. (finished)
    I've been reading the book. (unfinished- it could mean that I am actually reading at the moment, but not necessarily)

    For stative verbs, they are both unfinished, but the continuous form generally describes something temporary:

    He's lived there all his life. (unfinished)
    I've been living here for six months. (unfinished, but it doesn't feel permanent yet or may I may be planning to move on)

    HTH.

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