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    the perfect and the perfect continuous tenses

    These two tenses are pretty hard to distinguish and I'd like to know if my interpretations are correct =)

    1) Since the beginning of this year, this department store ____has lost / has been losing ___ over 5000 per month due to theft.

    2) Over the last few daysm we __ have had / have been having ___ dicussions with our consultants who will produce a report shortly.

    I can't really choose whether the perfect or perfect continuous is better. My Interpretations: Both are ok. The former means something happened while the latter stresses the continuity or repetitiveness of losing money.

    Am I correct? Love to hear your ideas

    thanks

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    Re: the perfect and the perfect continuous tenses

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    I don't think that there is a huge difference. Here's what is said about the difference between the simple and the progressive form in English Grammar for Dummies:

    The progressive is a little more immediate than the other form, expressing an action or state of being in progress.

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    Re: the perfect and the perfect continuous tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    These two tenses are pretty hard to distinguish and I'd like to know if my interpretations are correct =)

    1) Since the beginning of this year, this department store ____has lost / has been losing ___ over 5000 per month due to theft.

    2) Over the last few daysm we __ have had / have been having ___ dicussions with our consultants who will produce a report shortly.

    I can't really choose whether the perfect or perfect continuous is better. My Interpretations: Both are ok. The former means something happened while the latter stresses the continuity or repetitiveness of losing money.

    Am I correct? Love to hear your ideas

    thanks
    Yes, you are correct. I'd use the progressive in 2, especially if the discussions are still ongoing. If the discussions were over, I'd use 'have had'.

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