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    I've just been watching

    I was watching the Late Show with Craig Ferguson when I heard this

    Ferguson "Who's the comediant in the middle of the day?"

    Geoff "Opra."

    Ferguson "Opra, yeah!" "And than Dave's been probably talking. In fact he definitely has. 'Cause I've just been watching."

    Did he use the present perfect progressive to emphasize and extend an event in the past to the present moment?

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Did he use the present perfect progressive to emphasize and extend an event in the past to the present moment?
    No. People don't consider which tense to use in casual conversation. They say what sounds natural.

    You've been told this lots of times before, ostap.

    Rover

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No. People don't consider which tense to use in casual conversation. They say what sounds natural.

    You've been told this lots of times before, ostap.

    Rover
    No, they don't consciously think of a tense to use, but a native speaker will use the appropriate tense automatically, and I'm sure that ostap is asking why this is the appropriate tense. Is it because an event in the past is being extended into the present?
    Perhaps ostap should ask in future, "Why does this tense sound natural in this context?", but I presume he's asked this before too.

    However, I think a better answer than "No" would be "Yes, more or less."

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, they don't consciously think of a tense to use, but a native speaker will use the appropriate tense automatically, and I'm sure that ostap is asking why this is the appropriate tense. Is it because an event in the past is being extended into the present?
    Perhaps ostap should ask in future, "Why does this tense sound natural in this context?", but I presume he's asked this before too.

    However, I think a better answer than "No" would be "Yes, more or less."
    If you google it, there's going to be many examples with "I've just been watching."

    "I've just been watching Ross Kemps new series "Extreme World". Did any of you watch it?"

    OR

    "'ve just been watching an amazing movie, and suddenly realised I've always wanted to know this. In Top Gun, how does Maverick hit the brakes? How do the brakes work on a fighter plane?"

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Should I bother typing again that online forums and blogs are full of bad English? Aside from the Internet slang and people making mistakes, there are also lots of people whose native language isn't English posting in English all over the Internet. Once again, if you want grammatical English, read websites where content isn't user generated.

    Will I have to type this again in a future thread, ostap?

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was watching the Late Show with Craig Ferguson when I heard this

    Ferguson "Who's the comediant in the middle of the day?"

    Geoff "Opra."

    Ferguson "Opra, yeah!" "And than Dave's been probably talking. In fact he definitely has. 'Cause I've just been watching."

    Did he use the present perfect progressive to emphasize and extend an event in the past to the present moment?
    Actually, I agree with you and not the other native speaker. If Dave "has been talking" it implies he has been observed gossiping on several occasions, not just one. If it had been just one, it may have been said that "Dave opened his big mouth again" or "Dave said something funny."

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    Re: I've just been watching

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Actually, I agree with you and not the other native speaker. If Dave "has been talking" it implies he has been observed gossiping on several occasions, not just one. If it had been just one, it may have been said that "Dave opened his big mouth again" or "Dave said something funny."
    In defense of the other native speakers, the sentences might not have been transcribed correctly.

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