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    Present perfect continuous vs present perfect simple

    Hello dear teachers,

    Could you possibly help me with the confusion with them two tenses, please?

    if I talking to someone who know that a few people have sent me letters, and they wanted to know if I got all the letters which were send to me, but I am sure that I haven't received them all - there are differently more to come, what would be better to use Present perfect continuous or simple?

    If i want to emphasize that I'm still getting them, but haven't got all of them, yet?


    I have been getting letters
    or
    I have received them
    or can I say
    I have got them - (although this sentence sounds wrong to me maybe it's better to say I have had?)

    I'm really confused...
    Thank you in advance for your help

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    Re: Present perfect continuous vs present perfect simple

    You don't have to use the continuous.
    "I have received most of your letters, but some are yet to arrive." (Some still haven't arrived).
    You can say "I'm still getting your letters, though I don't think they've all arrived yet."

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    Re: Present perfect continuous vs present perfect simple

    Hello Raymott,
    Thank you very much for your help!
    I was wondering, if it's not to much trouble, can I bother you again with the fallowing question?
    What is the difference between I'm still getting and I've been getting?
    is it that with "I've been getting " we use with for and since - duration of time? So, this emphasizes that process of receiving letters still in progress or tells us for how long it has been happening?
    Thank you for your tme

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    Re: Present perfect continuous vs present perfect simple

    Please try to give full example sentences.
    1. "I've been getting fatter."
    2. "I'm still getting fatter."
    (I'm assuming that you mean "becoming" and not something like, "I've been getting the Morning Herald.")
    Please also quote your quoted words. I'm not sure how to read, "we use with for and since", so I'll let that go.

    The main difference between those sentences is that you wouldn't say #2 unless the person you were talking to already knew that you were getting fatter. You cannot bring up the subject by saying "I'm still getting fatter" if you've never mentioned it before.
    The duration is not relevant. "Still" simply means that it hasn't stopped yet.
    There is really no difference between saying "I've been getting fat" and "I am getting fat", and later, "I'm still getting fat."

    PS: Actually,now that I look at your first post again, I see that by 'getting' you probably do mean "receiving" and not "becoming". But that doesn't make a difference to my advice. The subtleties that you see in those sentences (and they are there) do not accord with the meanings you have given them.
    Last edited by Raymott; 03-Jun-2015 at 22:01.

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