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    Present Perfect constinuous

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    I've been trying to get through to you all morning The speaker is still trying to get through
    The speaker has got through

    Please explain to me why the second answer is correct one. I though that the present perfect implies continuation in the sense that the action is still continuing. Many thanks.

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    I've been trying to get through to you all morning The speaker is still trying to get through
    The speaker has got through

    Please explain to me why the second answer is correct one. I though that the present perfect implies continuation in the sense that the action is still continuing. Many thanks.
    The progressive (continuous) form frequently suggests that the action continues, but does not have to:

    A: You look very hot.
    B: Yes; I've been working in the greenhouse.

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please have a look at an exercise below

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    I've been trying to get through to you all morning The speaker is still trying to get through
    The speaker has got through

    Please explain to me why the second answer is correct one. I though that the present perfect implies continuation in the sense that the action is still continuing. Many thanks.
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    It's the contrary. In this case the present perfect implies completion of an action.

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please have a look at an exercise below

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    I've been trying to get through to you all morning The speaker is still trying to get through
    The speaker has got through

    Please explain to me why the second answer is correct one. I though that the present perfect implies continuation in the sense that the action is still continuing. Many thanks.
    If I say to you, on the telephone, "I have been trying to get through to you all morning", what do you think the situation is; have I got through or not?

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    Please have a look at the following pair.

    "I've been waiting for the last two hours

    The speaker does not like waiting

    The speaker does not mind waiting at all."

    I am a little bit confused. While the second answer fits best I do not understand why both are not appropriate. Thanks

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    "I've been waiting for the last two hours."

    1. The speaker does not like waiting.

    2. The speaker does not mind waiting at all.

    I am a little bit confused. While the second answer fits best I do not understand why both are not appropriate. Thanks
    #2 does not fit best. If the speaker, like most people, dislikes hanging around, then only #1 is appropriate,

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    Re: Present Perfect constinuous

    hi,
    please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please have a look at the following pair.

    "I've been waiting for the last two hours

    The speaker does not like waiting

    The speaker does not mind waiting at all."

    I am a little bit confused. While the second answer fits best I do not understand why both are not appropriate. Thanks
    It's just a plain statement that s/he spend two hours waiting - nothing more nothing less. You could try to infer speaker's attitude from from his/hers voice but without hearing the speaker actually saying that it's impossible to say whether the speaker likes waiting or not.

    cheers

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