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    Dear teachers,

    Is there any difference between these sentences?

    I'm travelling a lot these days.
    I've been travelling a lot these days.

    Thank you

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    #2

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    Offroad, you've been a member long enough to know that a better title would have been 'I'm travelling/I've been travelling'.

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

    The difference is that #1 (if you'd numbered them) means that you are still travelling, and #2 means you no longer travel so it should end with 'recently' instead of 'these days'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Is there any difference between these sentences?

    I'm travelling a lot these days.
    I've been travelling a lot these days.

    Thank you
    I hate to disagree with Rover, because when I do, I am usually wrong.

    However, with "these days", I think your second has the same meaning as the first.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Offroad, you've been a member long enough to know that a better title would have been 'I'm travelling/I've been travelling'.
    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
    The difference is that #1 (if you'd numbered them) means that you are still travelling, and #2 means you no longer travel so it should end with 'recently' instead of 'these days'.
    Dear Rover, if you know how or/and have the power to edit the thread title, please do so! Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I hate to disagree with Rover, because when I do, I am usually wrong.
    However, with "these days", I think your second has the same meaning as the first.
    Dear Mike, to my ears, even with 'recently', there is very little or no difference between those two sentences. Personally, I would use/say the second over the first though.

    The first one I took from Swan (2005) 3rd Edition - Practical English Usage (page 448). In it, Mr Swan states, and I quote:
    When we talk about temporary continuing actions and events, which are just going on now or around now, we usually use a present progressive tense.
    Thank you
    Last edited by Offroad; 26-Dec-2013 at 01:01.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post

    Dear Mike, to my ears, even with 'recently', there is very little or no difference between those two sentences. Personally, I would use/say the second over the first though.

    The first one I took from Swan (2005) 3rd Edition - Practical English Usage (page 448). In it, Mr Swan states, and I quote:


    Thank you
    I agree with you even with "recently". With either form, it gives me the impression that you are still traveling often.

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    #6

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    I don't find the second one natural with "these days", like Rover, I would suggest "recently". The travelling has stopped. If you want to suggest that the travelling is continuing, use the first one.

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't find the second one natural with "these days", like Rover, I would suggest "recently". The travelling has stopped. If you want to suggest that the travelling is continuing, use the first one.
    I don't agree. The speaker is describing a pattern. There is nothing in #2 that suggests that the pattern has stopped.

    Consider these sentences. I am eating more fiber these days/recently. I have been eating more fiber these days/recently. Neither guarantees the pattern will continue forever, but neither suggests that pattern has stopped.

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    I don't think "these days" works with "I have been..."

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't think "these days" works with "I have been..."
    We will have to agree to disagree.

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We will have to agree to disagree.
    OK.

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