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    #1

    The present perfect continuous: I have been working all day.

    1. I have been working all day, and I am still busy now.
    2. I have been working all day, and I am having a rest now.

    #1 and #2 denote a continuing action and a finished action respectively.
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    #2

    Re: The present perfect continuous: I have been working all day.

    In #1, you could be busy with a different action now. Try:
    I've been working all day, and I haven't finished yet.

    In #2, you could be just having a short break, which would mean that you'll get back to your work later. Try:
    I've been working all day, but I'm finished now.

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    #3

    Re: The present perfect continuous: I have been working all day.

    The present perfect continuous could refer to 'ACTIONS THAT HAVE JUST FINISHED, BUT WE ARE INTERESTED IN THE RESULTS'── quoted from http://www.edufind.com/english-gramm...ct-continuous/

    What is the result of the following:
    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I've been working all day, but I'm finished now.
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    #4

    Re: The present perfect continuous: I have been working all day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    What is the result of the following: I've been working all day, but I'm finished now.
    There does not have to be a result as such. The present perfect progressive could merely emphasise the duration of the working.

    Don't forget that explanations of how we use this form do not imply that every use must slot neatly into one of the categories a particular writer has come up with.

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