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    #1

    while I've been talking/while I was talking

    Do the two adverbial clauses mean the same thing in the sentences below?

    Youíve been thinking of something else while Iíve been
    talking/while I was talking
    to you about this machine.

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    Re: while I've been talking/while I was talking

    They mean the same to me.

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    #3

    Re: while I've been talking/while I was talking

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    You’ve been thinking of something else while I’ve been
    talking
    to you about this machine.
    Given the present perfect progressive form in the first clause, I'd stick to the same in the second. We are talking about exactly the same time period in both clauses.

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