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    Have and have been - small question

    Hello guys,
    I believe I'm aware of the general difference between these two tenses, however, I would like to know your opinion here.
    When I use "have been", does it always mean that I'm doing something while talking?
    I've been reading a book for 2 weeks.
    Two weeks ago I began to read it - of course with breaks - but right now, while talking/writing, I'm reading it.
    If it's not the case, do I have to use "have read"?
    I've read a book for 2 weeks.

    Usually I always use "have been" in such cases:
    I play a game almost every night, that's why I say:
    I've been playing this game for a year. although I'm not playing it right now.

    Advice, please!

    Cheers!

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    I read(v2) a book for two weeks. (it took me two weeks to read) I'm not reading it now, whether I finished the complete book or not but I finished reading it.

    I've been reading... I still read it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I play a game almost every night, that's why I say:
    I've been playing this game for a year. although I'm not playing it right now.
    If you have stopped playing the game, I don't think, it's OK to use "have/has been ..ing". For me, it is " I played this game for a year."

    As usual, wait for a teacher's or a native-speaker's opinion.

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Hello and thank you for your answer.
    However, I'm not sure if I explained it very well.

    Let's say a guy usually watches TV every day.
    Later he goes out with me, and I ask him:
    How long have you been watching TV?
    Should he say:
    I've been watching TV my whole life.
    or:
    I've watched TV my whole life.


    I don't think he should say, "I watched TV my whole life", because tomorrow he will watch TV again, as every day.

    So should he answer:
    I've watched TV my whole life.
    because he is not watching TV while talking to me
    (He is still outside with me.)

    I have the feeling he should...

    Cheers!

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post

    Let's say a guy usually watches TV every day.
    Later he goes out with me, and I ask him:
    How long have you been watching TV?
    Should he say:
    I've been watching TV my whole life.
    or:
    I've watched TV my whole life.

    Well, I'll change your story a bit if you don't mind.

    You paid a visit to a friend of yours and found him watching tv with sore eyes.

    You: How long have you been watching TV?
    He('d normally say):I've been watching TV since I woke up
    He('d jocularly say):I've been watching TV my whole life.

    How do you find my version?

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    #5

    Re: Have and have been - small question

    *Not a teacher

    The main problem with the tenses is you ought to bear in mind there is no real rupture amongst them.

    Eg => I have played football for this club for years. I did it; now I am just not playing anymore; and I will not because I do not want to play anymore, if not I would have not used 'have played' but 'have been playing'.
    Eg => I have been playing football for this club for years. I did it; now I am still playing; and I will as I use "have been playing" instead of "have played".

    In those two examples, it does no matter if for instance I usually do not play in the summers as I do it most of the year -no rupture. Plus, no matter if for example I usually do not play every single days, once a week would be enough -no rupture. Also, no matter if I usually do not play all the day long -no rupture. Therefore, every [single] moments in a tense form one moment, [the addition of] the two tenses form one tense, and all the tenses are gathered into one.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 24-Aug-2010 at 23:33.

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    #6

    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello and thank you for your answer.
    However, I'm not sure if I explained it very well.

    Let's say a guy usually watches TV every day.
    Later he goes out with me, and I ask him:
    How long have you been watching TV?
    Should he say:
    I've been watching TV my whole life.
    or:
    I've watched TV my whole life.


    I don't think he should say, "I watched TV my whole life", because tomorrow he will watch TV again, as every day.

    So should he answer:
    I've watched TV my whole life.
    because he is not watching TV while talking to me
    (He is still outside with me.)

    I have the feeling he should...

    Cheers!
    If I will watch the TV, then it should be 'I have been watching TV my whole life'.
    If I will not watch the TV, so it would be 'I have watched TV the whole part of my life'.

    There is a will from the speaker!

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    First off: Thank you, guys.

    Well, some minutes ago I was thinking about this topic again.
    What do you think about this:
    I used to play that game.
    A while ago I played it, but I left it, and I will not play it anymore.

    I played that game.
    A while ago I played it, but I left it, I'm not sure if I will play it again (probably yes.)

    I've played that game.
    Usually I always play that game (I began a while ago), I play it every day, but since my computer broke some days ago, I cannot play it.
    I'll definitely play it as soon as I have a new computer.

    I've been playing that game.
    Usually I always play that game (I began a while ago), I play it every day.
    Right now, while talking/writing, I'm not playing it, but tomorrow I will play it - as usual.

    This is, at least, my point of view...

    Cheers!

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post


    I've played that game.
    Usually I always play that game (I began a while ago), I play it every day, but since my computer broke some days ago, I cannot play it.
    I'll definitely play it as soon as I have a new computer.



    This means that you, at least have played that game once in your life. I don't think that there is an indication in the sentence that you don't play it anymore.

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    This means that you, at least have played that game once in your life. I don't think that there is an indication in the sentence that you don't play it anymore.
    I agree.

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    Re: Have and have been - small question

    Then I have no clue

    Cheers!

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