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    The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    1. I am working for five hours.
    2. I have been working for five hours.
    3. I was working for five hours.
    4. I had been working for five hours.

    I think the perfect continuous tense (in 2 and 4) is correct. How about the continuous tense (in 1 and 3)?
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    Re: The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    2 is the only version which can stand alone (without any other context).

    1. 'I can't play golf tomorrow as I'm working for five hours.'

    3. 'I was working for five hours without a break yesterday.'

    4. 'I had been working for five hours before Norman came to relieve me.'

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    Re: The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    A friend phoned me, asking me what I was doing. I answered, 'I am working for five hours.'
    Should it be replaced with 'have been working'?

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    Re: The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    Were you in the middle of your five-hour shift or had just just completed five hours of work?
    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: The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    If I was in the middle of my five-hour shift (e.g. two hours remained), I should say 'I am working for five hours'. Correct?

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    Re: The continuous VS the perfect continuous

    Actually, I'd say "I've got two more hours to go on my shift today"
    or "I'm in the middle of my five-hour shift."
    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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