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    have sat/ have been sitting

    Hello!I would like to have some advice, please! In the following sentence I have to choose the right verb form:
    "You HAVE DRUNK/ HAVE BEEN DRINKING three coffees since I HAVE SAT/ HAVE BEEN SITTING here." (from a grammar exercise)
    I'd say HAVE DRUNK - HAVE SAT. Do you agree? Thanks a lot in advance!

    sorry, I've forgot "three coffees"!!!
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    Re: have sat/ have been sitting

    I would say:

    You have been drinking since I sat down here.
    You have been drinking as long as I have been sitting here.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 19-Sep-2015 at 20:10. Reason: Tiny typo

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    Re: have sat/ have been sitting

    Thanks, Piscean, but I've forgot tu put "three coffees": what would you suggest now? Many thanks again!

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    Re: have sat/ have been sitting

    You have drunk three coffees in the time I've been sitting here.
    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: have sat/ have been sitting

    If the other person has finished their third coffee, I would say "You have drunk three coffees while I've been sitting here."

    I find the use of "since" with the perfect continuous rather unnatural. If I wanted to use "since", I would say "You have drunk three coffees since I sat down".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: have sat/ have been sitting

    Thank you so much, emsr2d2, piscean and Barb_D! I suppose there must an error in the text of the exercise!

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    Re: have sat/ have been sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If the other person has finished their third coffee, I would say "You have drunk three coffees while I've been sitting here."

    I find the use of "since" with the perfect continuous rather unnatural. If I wanted to use "since", I would say "You have drunk three coffees since I sat down".
    (It's not in the spirit of the exercise, as it avoids the use of a verb [a good way of not making mistakes, if you can get away with it ], but in many contexts, rather than 'You have drunk three coffees', you could just say 'That's your third!')

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