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    questions concerning present perfect tense

    Hi,
    Here are two sentences of present perfect.
    1.Open a window-someone has smoked/has been smoking here. the correct answer is "has been smoking". but why can't "has smoked" be used when both "has smoked/has been smoking" can be used in the following sentence. as far as I have studied, present perfect tense refers to an action that still continues or is being done even now.
    2.I have worked/have been working here for three months. here both can be used.

    I am really confused. any comment?

    note: I got the above two sentences on this website itself while doing some quizzes. Log In - UsingEnglish.com

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    Re: questions concerning present perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi,
    Here are two sentences of present perfect.
    1.Open a window-someone has smoked/has been smoking here. the correct answer is "has been smoking". but why can't "has smoked" be used when both "has smoked/has been smoking" can be used in the following sentence. as far as I have studied, present perfect tense refers to an action that still continues or is being done even now.
    2.I have worked/have been working here for three months. here both can be used.

    I am really confused. any comment?

    note: I got the above two sentences on this website itself while doing some quizzes. Log In - UsingEnglish.com
    The continuous suggests that the smoking is recent, it has only just happened.

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    Re: questions concerning present perfect tense

    I got it. It means there is no big difference but only recent and far.

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