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    Smile Present Perfect Simple or Countinuous

    I have got a question about the use of Present Perfect Simple and Countinuous in this sentence:

    Sam hasn't been talking to me recently. I don't know why.

    Can I also use Present Perfect Simple in this sentence? If both are possible is there any difference in meaning then?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Present Perfect Simple or Countinuous

    Quote Originally Posted by felis View Post
    I have got a question about the use of Present Perfect Simple and Countinuous in this sentence:

    Sam hasn't been talking to me recently. I don't know why.

    Can I also use Present Perfect Simple in this sentence? If both are possible is there any difference in meaning then?

    Thank you for your help.
    Welcome to the forums.
    If you say "Sam hasn't been talking to me recently." It suggests that Sam, for some reason, has decided not to speak to you.
    If you say "Sam hasn't talked to me recently." It means that you haven't heard from him recently, it doesn't suggest any deliberate decision on his part.

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