Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 44
    #1

    any difference?

    *How long have you been wating for me?

    *How long have you waited for me?

    Do they have any difference in the meaning?

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #2

    Re: any difference?

    The first one is far more natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,146
    #3

    Re: any difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    *How long have you been waiting for me?

    *How long have you waited for me?

    Do they have any difference in meaning? no "the"
    When one is talking about the present, there is no difference in meaning.

    The second one can also be used when speaking about the past.
    Last edited by 2006; 06-Mar-2010 at 04:47.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 2,130
    #4

    Re: any difference?

    not a teacher

    'Have been waiting' refers to a continuous action until the present time.
    'Have waited' refers to a past action which may or may not have continued to the present time.

Similar Threads

  1. difference in meaning?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2010, 09:19
  2. "Difference Between" or "the difference between"
    By cherran in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2009, 15:43
  3. [Idiom] The difference gets tacked onto the principal?
    By eliang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2008, 18:30
  4. mean the difference
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2008, 18:34
  5. Difference in sense
    By FJR-Michael in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-May-2005, 19:17

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •