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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...

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    Re: have/had/have been/had been

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    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...
    What do you think is the difference in meaning? When do you think you would use each different tense?

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    Post Re: have/had/have been/had been

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you think is the difference in meaning? When do you think you would use each different tense?
    Could you please answer both the questions that you've given? thanks in advance....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Could you please answer both the questions that you've given? thanks in advance....
    I could answer them but we like learners to have a go themselves first!

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    #5

    Re: have/had/have been/had been

    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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    Enjoy!

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    Just google "Verb Tenses" and you'll find your information right away

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I could answer them but we like learners to have a go themselves first!
    I have worked. (this means that I am not working now?)

    I have been working.(this means that I started working before and until now?)

    I had worked.

    I had been working.

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    #7

    Re: have/had/have been/had been

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    I have worked. (this means that I am not working now?
    I have been working.(this means that I started working before and until now?)
    Context is very important:

    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.

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    #8

    Re: have/had/have been/had been

    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
    Present perfect progressive
    Past perfect
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Context is very important:

    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.
    My dear teacher,
    I know that context is very important but these:

    1. I have worked.

    2. I have been working.

    3. I had worked.

    4. I had been working.

    are the sentences that I got from the book..

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    #10

    Re: have/had/have been/had been

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    I know that context is very important but these:

    1. I have worked.[...] are the sentences that I got from the book..
    Barb gave a sound general answer, but it is impossible to say exactly what meanings these forms convey without specific context.

    Take Barb's advice and google the terms. Then come back here with more specific questions if you are unclear about anything.

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