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    were doing ? been reading answer

    "What were doing during your holidays?"


    "I've been reading books and working on my English."

    If someone asks you a question using a past progressive, is it possible to use a present perfect progressive when answering based on a fact that you did that before and will possibly do that in the future?
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    Re: were doing ? been reading answer

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "What were doing during your holidays?"

    "I've been reading books and working on my English."

    If someone asks you a question using a past progressive, is it possible to use a present perfect progressive when answering based on a fact that you did that before and will possibly do that in the future?
    This is not an exchange that we'd normally expect to come across, but virtually anything is possible in conversation. People's minds often do not follow conventional paths when chatting informally.

    Context, too, is important. if the second speaker continues, "... a lot recently, so I carried on while I was away", then it's fine.

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    Re: were doing ? been reading answer

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "What were doing during you holidays?"


    "I've been reading books and working on my English."

    If someone asks you a question using a past progressive, is it possible to use a present perfect progressive when answering based on a fact that you did that before and will possibly do that in the future?
    Given that the idea expressed in the reply suggests that the individual "has done" and "is still doing", there is nothing wrong with coupling the two.

    The reply expresses the idea that the individual was doing an activity and still is doing that activity.

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    Re: were doing ? been reading answer

    It depends on whether the person is still on holiday; if the holidays are over but the activities are not, then it would be clearer to state that.

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    Re: were doing ? been reading answer

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    This is not an exchange that we'd normally expect to come across, but virtually anything is possible in conversation. People's minds often do not follow conventional paths when chatting informally.

    Context, too, is important. if the second speaker continues, "... a lot recently, so I carried on while I was away", then it's fine.
    Thank you for your advice!

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