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    Smile difference in progressive

    I still cannot make out the differences between

    1. I have been reading "Diary of a wimpy kid".
    2. I am reading "Diary of a wimpy kid."

    Could you put the difference in another way? Thanks

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    Re: difference in progressive

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    The first sentence is incomplete , it should say how long using (since or for) or it should talk about finished actions that have a result.
    for example :
    I have been reading "Diary of a wimpy kid" For one week.
    I have been reading "Diary of a wimpy kid" , it's very interesting .

    I hope it helps

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    Re: difference in progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Student X View Post
    I still cannot make out the differences between

    1. I have been reading "Diary of a wimpy kid".
    2. I am reading "Diary of a wimpy kid."

    Could you put the difference in another way? Thanks
    As responses to questions:
    #1 "What have you been reading?" "I have been reading X" This states that at some time in the past, you started reading X and possibly you are no longer reading it.
    #2 "What are you reading at the moment?" "I am reading X". This states that you are reading X now.

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    Re: difference in progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    As responses to questions:
    #1 "What have you been reading?" "I have been reading X" This states that at some time in the past, you started reading X and possibly you are no longer reading it.
    #2 "What are you reading at the moment?" "I am reading X". This states that you are reading X now.
    True, although as a previous poster said, if the sentence was:

    "I have been reading X for a week"

    then that would certainly mean that you started it in the past and are still reading it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    True, although as a previous poster said, if the sentence was:

    "I have been reading X for a week"

    then that would certainly mean that you started it in the past and are still reading it!
    Yes, but the OP's post doesn't mention "a week".

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    Re: difference in progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, but the OP's post doesn't mention "a week".
    No, that's true, but "I have been reading X" does not, on its own, necessarily tell the reader whether the book has been finished or not.

    My personal opinion is that "I have been reading....." would suggest that it is unfinished. If the book was finished, I would only use "I read......" (past tense).

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    Re: difference in progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, that's true, but "I have been reading X" does not, on its own, necessarily tell the reader whether the book has been finished or not.

    My personal opinion is that "I have been reading....." would suggest that it is unfinished. If the book was finished, I would only use "I read......" (past tense).
    Yes, that's why I said "possibly no longer reading it", which doesn't say anything about having finished it.

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