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    help about present perfect coninuous

    for the presentinuous we used for an action began but not finished yet like this example



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    1- in the previous picture at the first situation the girl didn't finished from painting her room yet and she said "I've been painting my bedroom"
    why she used present perfect continuous instead of present continuous "I'm painting my bedroom" because she didn't finish yet and still at the middle of the action ?

    2- the second situation when she finished the action she said "I've painted my bedroom"
    why we didn't use present perfect continuous , because the action was happening at long period ?
    "like it has been raining" and the present perfect for action which happened at once like "ow, I've cut my finger"
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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    The explanation given explains it. She thinks of it as an ONGOING activity that started in the past and continues.

    In the second one, she's done. She is thinking of it as being completed. She's painted it. It's over.


    Please quote the source of these materials. I believe we need to give credit for them.
    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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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Thanks Barb_D
    But i still confuse , why we didn't use present continuous "I'm painting my bedroom" ?
    She said "I've been painting my bedroom" [present perfect continuous]
    And i Know that we use [present perfect continuous] for action has started in the past and already finished in the present , like following examples
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    They've been shopping.
    She's been watching.
    They've been playing.
    He's been running.

    All these actions happened in the past , while the example of the girl who painting , she wasn't finish the paint.she was just taking rest and will continue.

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Thanks Barb_D for your help , but i made a new replay contain a picture and i mentioned the source from week ago at this topic and there was a message that my post wait for approval first from moderator and i have been waiting and nothing.

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Another inquiry
    In the present perfect we use (have/has + p.p)
    In the present perfect continuous we use (have/has + been + v.ing)

    So why at this sentence (They have been married for 20 years) we used been however it's a present perfect.

    And what is the deference between (Did you see this movie?) (Have you seen this movie?)

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Quote Originally Posted by AlaaGhost View Post
    Another inquiry
    In the present perfect we use (have/has + p.p)
    In the present perfect continuous we use (have/has + been + v.ing)

    So why at this sentence (They have been married for 20 years) we used been however it's a present perfect.

    And what is the deference between (Did you see this movie?) (Have you seen this movie?)
    Try to ask just one question in a thread.
    1. "They have been married for 20 years" is the present perfect. (have + past.p. of be) + adjective. Compare "This tomato has been red for three days".
    2. The first is in the simple past. The second isn't.

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Quote Originally Posted by AlaaGhost View Post
    Another inquiry
    In the present perfect we use (have/has + p.p)
    In the present perfect continuous we use (have/has + been + v.ing)

    So why at this sentence (They have been married for 20 years) we used been however it's a present perfect.
    Think of married as an adjective- they've been married/happy, etc, for 20 years.

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Think of married as an adjective- they've been married/happy, etc, for 20 years.
    That's what I said - though you are right, of course.

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    Re: help about present perfect coninuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's what I said - though you are right, of course.
    Sorry- your reply must have been off the screen and I didn't see it when scrolling down.

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