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    #1

    this is the book I'm looking for/ I have been looking for

    Dear all,

    When you find a book you have wanted to read, which sentence do you say?

    1. This is the book I'm looking for.

    2. This is the book I have been looking for.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: this is the book I'm looking for/ I have been looking for

    If you're talking to yourself, you could say #1. However, #2 is more likely in most situations.
    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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