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    Cool Present perfect/present continuous

    Hello!

    I have two questions about the following sentences:

    1) Can we use the present perfect and the present perfect continuous interchangeably in this case?

    2) Do we need to use "for" before the number of years?


    -I've worked (for) 20 years for this company.

    -I've been working (for) 20 years for this company.

    Thank you
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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    I have two questions about the following sentences:

    1) Can we use the present perfect and the present perfect continuous interchangeably in this case?

    2) Do we need to use "for" before the number of years?


    -I've worked (for) 20 years for this company.

    -I've been working (for) 20 years for this company.

    Thank you
    W
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    The answer to your first questions is - yes; to the other - no.

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Not a teacher.

    As far as I know both answers to your questions are - yes. Plus you could use IN as well instead of FOR. The third option is also possible which is "blank space".

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Not a teacher.

    As far as I know both answers to your questions are - yes. Plus you could use IN as well instead of FOR. The third option is also possible which is "blank space".
    No, "in" is not possible.

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "in" is not possible.
    I'd like to get it clear. What about these sentences? Why is it ok to use IN here?

    1) I will say quite frankly since I have been here in 5 years I have never heard of so many studies, so many reports, so many commissions, and so little hardware that really works.

    2) I grew up visiting the area a couple of times a year but I haven't been here in 5 years.

    3) Nothing has worked there in a long time.

    4) John Smith hasn't worked here in four months.

    5) “She hasn't worked here in a decade,” I said to Ives

    It's interesting to know.

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I'd like to get it clear. What about these sentences? Why is it ok to use IN here?

    1) I will say quite frankly since I have been here, in 5 years I have never heard of so many studies, so many reports, so many commissions, and so little hardware that really works.

    2) I grew up visiting the area a couple of times a year but I haven't been here in 5 years.

    3) Nothing has worked there in a long time.

    4) John Smith hasn't worked here in four months.

    5) “She hasn't worked here in a decade,” I said to Ives

    It's interesting to know.
    It's fine to use in in negative sentences, Kotfor.

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    What about the first one? Oh, I see you have put a comma there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    What about the first one?
    Just look at my post just above yours - I've inserted a comma after ...since I have been here,... - that in goes with the next clause, the one following the comma ...I have never heard... .

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    It's interesting. I think that it would still be ok to use IN with THE LAST

    -I've worked for this company in the last 20 years.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Present perfect/present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    It's interesting. I think that it would still be ok to use IN with THE LAST

    -I've worked for this company in the last 20 years.

    What do you think?
    I think the same as bhaisahab does - it won't work.
    There's only one possible situation in which such use would be correct in a positive sentence:
    It's the second pay rise I've had in the last 20 years. (with words like first, last, etc.; only)

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