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    Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    1] Present Continuous tense is used to show that action is in progress at the time of speaking. 2] It is also used for action that happening about this time, but not necessarily at the moment of speaking.
    e.g for 2] use
    A] We are working on this issue.
    B] She is practicing for her tournament very hard.
    C] I am searching for the big house in Mumbai.
    D] She is studying Engineering.

    Now compare these with following sentences in Present perfect tense.

    E] We have been working on this issue.
    F] She has been practicing for her tournament very hard.
    G] I have been searching for the big house in Mumbai.
    H] She has been studying Engineering.


    Now confusion is when to use Present continuous & when to use Present perfect continuous.

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    Quote Originally Posted by danavkar View Post
    We are working on this issue.
    We are working on this issue now.

    Quote Originally Posted by danavkar View Post
    We have been working on this issue.
    We have been working on this issue for a period of time.

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    Suppose I am talking with my friend & I say...
    I am searching for a house in Mumbai. (But at this moment I am talking with him & not searching)
    or
    I have been searching for a house. (Is it necessary here to specify time expressions such as "since" or "for”? or I can simply say this without time expressions.)

    Please clarify. Also tell me in detail when & in what context these tenses are used.

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    I haven't seen a grammar rule requiring that a time expression must be used with the present perfect continuous, but native speakers might find it more natural to use it.

    I am neither a native speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    Quote Originally Posted by danavkar View Post
    Suppose I am talking with my friend & I say...
    I am searching for a house in Mumbai. (But at this moment I am talking with him & not searching)
    or
    I have been searching for a house. (Is it necessary here to specify time expressions such as "since" or "for”? or I can simply say this without time expressions.)

    Please clarify. Also tell me in detail when & in what context these tenses are used.
    Both are fine as written. The second implies that you have been searching for a while. You can add a phrase with "since" or "for" to tell the listener how long a while, but it isn't necessary.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    If I simply say "He has been here" (without time expression), does it mean that he is here for a while & still here?

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    Re: Confusion using Present continuous & Present perfect continuous.

    Rover_KE has already answered you in https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1149601

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