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My dear teachers,
What's the difference among the four sentences?
I have worked.
I have been working.
I had worked.
I had been working.
I hope you could give me a general rule on this.
Thanks in advance...
Mamen - you can read up on verb forms (verb tenses) and then offer your own analysis. Here's the first result I got when I searched:
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Just google "Verb Tenses" and you'll find your information right away
I have worked in France and Germany, but never in Russia. At present I am working in Spain.
I have worked in Spain for ten years. I enjoy working here.
I have been working for eight hours. Another two hours, and I shall have to stop.
Sorry about my appearance; I have been working in the garden all day. This is my first cup of tea since breakfast.
The ones with "had" are past perfect and past perfect progressive, respectively.
You use it when something else happened after that, but also in the past.
I had worked there for six months before I got my full-time job here.
To emphasize duration, I had been working there only six months before I got my first promotion.
Google these terms:
Present perfect progressive
Past perfect progressive
Last edited by Barb_D; 14-Jun-2011 at 13:32.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.