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    A correct sentence

    Jenny : sorry I am late
    Miley : that is ok i haven't waited long


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    Re: A correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by sunset185 View Post
    Jenny : sorry I am late
    Miley : that is ok i haven't waited long
    Not a teacher.

    Yes that's fine

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    Hello Richuk,
    The sentence is correct but stilted.

    Better would be ... Sorry, I'm late. That's okay; I haven't been waiting long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bds51 View Post
    Hello Richuk,
    The sentence is correct but stilted.

    Better would be ... Sorry, I'm late. That's okay; I haven't been waiting long.
    Why do you think "I haven't been waiting long." is better than "I haven't waited long."?

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    Hello Richuk
    It's better because waiting involves a certain amount of time and the present perfect continuous emphasizes the duration of a situation or activity. When you are to meet someone and arrive late what would you say? Have you waited long? or Have you been waiting long? or How long have you waited? or How long have you been waiting? englishniche.com

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    Re: A correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bds51 View Post
    Hello Richuk
    It's better because waiting involves a certain amount of time and the present perfect continuous emphasizes the duration of a situation or activity. I think that saying it does more than present perfect does is a matter of opinion.

    When you are to meet someone and arrive late what would you say? Have you waited long? or Have you been waiting long? or How long have you waited? or How long have you been waiting? englishniche.com
    I think that both pairs are correct and that choosing one over the other is a matter of personal preference or habit.

    Since the waiting is over, one could also say 'How long did you (have to) wait?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I think that both pairs are correct and that choosing one over the other is a matter of personal preference or habit.

    Since the waiting is over, one could also say 'How long did you (have to) wait?'
    In this context, I would still be inclined to use the present perfect continuous: How long have you been waiting? Although the waiting is technically over, because you have arrived, it would be a question you would ask immediately upon your arrival. If, later in the day, you wanted to ask the same question, you would then use "How long were you waiting for me?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In this context, I would still be inclined to use the present perfect continuous:


    How long have you been waiting? Although the waiting is technically over, because you have arrived, it would be a question you would ask immediately upon your arrival. If, later in the day, you wanted to ask the same question, you would then use "How long were you waiting for me?"
    "I would still be inclined" Are you bds51?

    Anyway, I'm not convinced, but you certainly are entitled to your point of view.

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    Re: A correct sentence

    Hello 2006 and emsr
    How long did you have to wait is great too. 2006: could you explain in detail what your own take is on this? Thanks: still would be inclined!

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    Re: A correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bds51 View Post
    Hello 2006 and emsr
    How long did you have to wait is great too. 2006: could you explain in detail what your own take is on this? Thanks: still would be inclined!
    I don't know what more I can add. Do you have specific question?

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