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    #1

    has been staying/has stayed

    Hi everyone

    Are these two sentences both correct? Can I use Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous interchangeably here?

    1. Meet John, who is a traveller. He has been staying in cheap hotels and royal palaces.
    2. Meet John, who is a traveller. He has stayed in cheap hotels and royal palaces.

    Thank you.

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    Re: has been staying/has stayed

    They are both posssible but mean slightly different things.

    In #1 there is s suggestion that his stays in hotels have been recent, and may even be continuing.
    In #2, his stays may not have been recent, and there may be no prospect of such stays in the future.

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