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    Hello.
    I have a question about the usage ofpresent perfect.
    Could you please tell me what is thedifference between the following two sentences?
    1. Ihave lived in Tokyo for three years.
    2. Ihave been living in Tokyo for three years.

    I am also interested in the differencebetween I have studied English for ten years. and I have been studying Englishfor ten years.

    Thank you.



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    Re: Have lived or have been lilving

    From what I know:
    have lived - done living there
    have been living - still living there

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    Re: Have lived or have been lilving

    Quote Originally Posted by NMO3B View Post
    Could you please tell me what is the difference between the following two sentences?
    1. I have lived in Tokyo for three years.
    2. I have been living in Tokyo for three years.
    There may be no practical difference. The second may suggest that the speaker still regards his/her residence as temporary,

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    Re: Have lived or have been lilving

    Thank you very much for your answer to my question.
    That is what I also thought.
    But your answer helps me feel confident about the meanings of the two sentences.
    I appreciate your comment.
    Last edited by NMO3B; 05-May-2014 at 15:01.

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    Re: Have lived or have been lilving

    I'd say that the first may also suggest that you no longer live in Tokyo, but you actually experienced living there at some point for the length of three years.

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    Re: Have lived or have been lilving

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I'd say that the first may also suggest that you no longer live in Tokyo, but you actually experienced living there at some point for the length of three years.
    It's possible, but a more likely way of saying it IMO would be I have lived in Tokyo- I was there for three years.

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