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    #1

    Why is this sentence like this

    "You look tired" " yes I ve been playing basketball" why is it not "I ve played basketball.?"

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    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariem100 View Post
    "You look tired." "Yes, I've been playing basketball." Why is it not "I've played basketball"?
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my amendments to your post in red. Capital letters and punctuation are very important in written English. You can't put a space instead of an apostrophe.

    "I've been playing basketball" gives the idea of an activity which continued for a longer period and that it happened recently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    But what is the difference with "I have been playing" and "I've played"

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    #4

    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    "I have been playing" or "I've been playing" means you were doing it recently. "I have played" or "I've played" means that at some time in your life you've done it. It means that you have experience.

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    #5

    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    1. I've played/practiced basketball for three years.
    2. I've played/practiced basketball for three hours.
    3. I've been playing/practicing basketball for three years.
    4. I've been playing/practicing basketball for three hours.

    I think all of them above are grammatically correct.
    I understand #4 is the most suitable for the OP's context, but how about #2? Could it be unnatural?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    When there is evidence present now that indicates a recent activity - looking tired in this case - we often use the present perfect progressive form.

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    Re: Why is this sentence like this

    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Maille View Post
    But what is the difference between "I have been playing" and "I've played"?
    Remember to punctuate correctly, Marie.

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