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    #1

    Hi :)

    May Allah you are fine :)
    I have problem with " have been "
    And " was + v+ing:
    This in past and this in past
    "Have been "This for thing finished but since short time and for thing will finish now
    Was + v.ing this for thing also I haven't finished it yet
    ....
    Really grammar " have been and had I don't understand them "
    Many Thanks :)
    ........
    Second I try to improve my level in english so write something in english
    So I want one correct them to me I you don't mind

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    #2

    Re: Hi :)

    Hello, EmanRamadan.
    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com.

    I'd like to suggest that you make your own sentence using "have been".

    Good luck!


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    #3

    Re: Hi :)

    Also write a sentence using 'was + verb + ing'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Hi :)

    Quote Originally Posted by EmanRamadan View Post
    May Allah you are fine :) We appreciate the sentiment but we discourage the use of any religion-specific statements on this forum (unless they form part of a question about the English language.) Just say "Hello everyone".

    I have a problem with "have been" and "was + v+ing".

    This in past and this in past I don't know what this line means.

    "Have been" = This for thing finished but since short time and for thing will finish now
    "Was + v.ing" = this for thing also I haven't finished it yet

    .... Leave a space between paragraphs. Don't use lines of dots.

    Really I don't understand the grammar of "have been" and "had". I don't understand them "

    Many thanks. :) Don't try to make your own emoticons. Click on and choose the appropriate one.

    ........Unnecessary line of dots.

    Second I am trying to improve my level in English so write something in english So I want one correct them to me I you don't mind so please correct any errors I have made.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please see my corrections above, marked in red. There are some important rules of written English which you need to follow:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Always capitalise proper nouns (English, Microsoft, Italy).
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Do not put a space after an opening quotation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a closing quotation mark.

    We don't write lines of dots between sentences or paragraphs.

    I don't really know what you mean by both sentences which start "This for thing ...".

    You need to give us some sentences in which you use the verb forms and we can see if you appear to understand them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Hi :)

    e.g.,
    I was listening to the radio when the phone rang.
    - two past actions.
    - one long action (listen) interrupted by a shorter action (ring)


    e.g.,
    I have been cleaning the house.
    - past action (clean) with a present consequence (I need a bath!).

    e.g.,
    She has been learning the piano for two years.
    - action started two years ago, but continues into the present.

    I hope that helps.

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    #6

    Re: Hi :)

    EmanRamadan, please note that a better title would have been I have a problem with "have been".

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #7

    Re: Hi :)

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I have been cleaning the house.
    - past action (clean) with a present consequence (I need a bath!).
    Should it be a past action continuing up to the present?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Hi :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should it be a past action continuing up to the present?
    It doesn't continue up to the present in teechar's sentence,

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    #9

    Re: Hi :)

    If so, why not say 'was cleaning'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: Hi :)

    teeachar explained this - " past action (clean) with a present consequence (I need a bath!)."

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