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    #1

    I have longed/I've been longing?

    What is the difference between:
    1. I have longed for you
    2. I've been longing for you

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    #2

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    There is no difference in meaning.

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    #3

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    Would there be a difference if #1 was used in 'I have longed for you for years but now I have decided to forget you'?

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    #4

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    Possibly, but overall, few people would interpret them differently.

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    #5

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    I think "I have longed for you" does not necessarily mean "I still long for you", but "I have been longing for you" does.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    No, "I have been" doesn't necessarily mean you're doing so right now.

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    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    Then does the following not necessarily mean I am doing so right now?
    'I have been living in China for decades.'

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    #8

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    It does mean that, Matthew.

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    #9

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    Yes, it means that at the moment of saying it you are still living in China. However, you may be about to board a plane to emigrate to Ireland.

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    #10

    Re: I have longed/I've been longing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it means that at the moment of saying it you are still living in China. However, you may be about to board a plane to emigrate to Ireland.
    Actually, it ctan be said for a limited time after arriving in Ireland.

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