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    Question "have been playing" or "played" or "have played"?

    The question is:
    The boys are dirty from head to toe because they _____ soccer in the mud.
    (A) played (B) had played (C) have been playing (D) have played
    Ans. (C)

    I think it's not wrong to choose (A) and if (C) is the correct answer, why can't (D) be the reasonable one?
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    Re: "have been playing" or "played" or "have played"?

    Could anyone tell me what you think of this question?

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    Re: "have been playing" or "played" or "have played"?

    When there is current evidence (dirt) of a recent activity, we tend to use the present perfect progressive form. However, it's not a very good test question as this is not an absolute.

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