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    #1

    I have some doubts

    What's the difference in meaning between these two questions? Do they mean the same thing in this case?

    - How do you like Peter? / How do you like skiing?

    - What do you think about Peter? / What do you think about skiing?

    And I would also like to know what difference there is in the meaning of present continuos and present perfect continuos in this context...

    A: I'm calling Mary.
    B: I've been calling Mary.

    Thanks very much.

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    Re: I have some doubts

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    What's the difference in meaning between these two questions? Do they mean the same thing in this case?

    - How do you like Peter? / How do you like skiing?

    - What do you think about Peter? / What do you think about skiing?
    Yes, these mean the same thing in most cases.
    And I would also like to know what difference there is in the meaning of present continuos and present perfect continuos in this context...

    A: I'm calling Mary. "At the moment I am calling Mary", probably I am on the phone to Mary right now.
    B: I've been calling Mary. This is incomplete, you might say "I've been calling Mary all day" or if it refers to one occasion of calling: "I have called Mary".

    Thanks very much.
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    Re: I have some doubts

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    What's the difference in meaning between these two questions? Do they mean the same thing in this case?

    - How do you like Peter? / How do you like skiing?

    - What do you think about Peter? / What do you think about skiing?

    And I would also like to know what difference there is in the meaning of present continuos and present perfect continuos in this context...

    A: I'm calling Mary.
    B: I've been calling Mary.

    Thanks very much.
    I believe bhaisahab is right in what he said.
    As far as "I am calling." is concerned, in certain contexts it also means:
    I am going to call/ just calling Marry.

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