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    #1

    am trying/have been trying

    Hi

    I've been trying to do this since yesterday OR I'm trying to do this since yesterday.

    Which tense should I use in this case?

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    #2

    Re: am trying/have been trying

    Generally, with "since" use present perfect. I have been trying.
    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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    #3

    Re: am trying/have been trying

    Hi Guest2008
    I agree with Barb, by the way when you want to express something that happened in the past and continues so far, You make use of present perfect or present perfect continuous. Of course, it depends. Present perfect continuous is used when the action hasn't finished and continues so far and you want to say how long it's been happening. In this case, you use present perfect continuous. Like the following example about me:
    " I've been participating in the forum since March/ for about three months and a half."

    P.S. Present perfect continuous has other uses as well. I prefer not to mention them here, because they're not related.
    Good luck

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    #4

    Re: am trying/have been trying

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    " I've been participating in the forum since March/ for about three months and a half."
    Yes, but in my example there's a word "yesterday".

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    #5

    Re: am trying/have been trying

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Yes, but in my example there's a word "yesterday".
    It's "since yesterday" - i.e. from yesterday until now, past into present.

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