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    #1

    I want to say...

    I want to put question but don't know which tense will be correct.

    Somebody was thinking in the past and I want to ask her ...

    _What were you thinking about until now? Or

    _What have you been thinking about until now?

    Which one should I use?

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    Re: I want to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    I want to put question but don't know which tense will be correct.

    Somebody was thinking in the past and I want to ask her ...

    _What were you thinking about until now? Or

    _What have you been thinking about until now?

    Which one should I use?
    Context?

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    Re: I want to say...

    (Somebody was thinking until make the decision)

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    Re: I want to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    Somebody was thinking in the past and I want to ask her ...

    _What were you thinking about until now? Or

    _What have you been thinking about until now?
    Your situation is not clear. Was the person thinking only in the past, or has the thought process continued up to the present?

    In the former case, it's What were you thinking about?
    In the latter case, it's What have you been thinking about?

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    #5

    Re: I want to say...

    not a teacher

    _What were you thinking about until now? Or
    _What have you been thinking about until now?


    Perhaps you want to know what the person was thinking only moments before.
    "What were you just thinking about?"
    "What were you thinking about just now?"
    Last edited by JMurray; 10-Dec-2013 at 12:55.

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    Re: I want to say...

    A better title would have been What were you thinking about?



    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: I want to say...

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    _What were you thinking about until now? Or
    _What have you been thinking about until now?


    Perhaps you want to know what the person was thinking only moments before.
    "What were you just thinking about?"
    "What were you thinking about just now?"
    You're right. I want to know what was her/his thought moments before.
    I think the second sentence is exactly what I wanted to say.

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