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    How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    Hello all.

    How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?


    Talking to myself:

    The final between Nadal and Federer is starting at six and I still have a lot of work to do. I am afraid I can´t make it. I have writen letters all day but I am still not finished. It´s endless. I had better give myself a break. Anyway it doesn´t matter whether I finish it at nine or at eight......


    I know that there is the preference of using "present perfect continuous" but Iam trying to find out some context where this sentence will fit. My teacher says it is rarely used.

    Thank you.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?
    It is unnatural.


    (Later) Sorry. I left out 'un' in this when I first posted it. My apologies for any misunderstanding caused.
    Last edited by Piscean; 23-Feb-2016 at 04:33. Reason: blunder ciorrected

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    May I ask you about one more sentence? I would say it is topical - the same grammar phenomenon.


    Can I use this present perfect simple instead of present perfect continuous in such a case as:


    I have used it for a few months. - When talking about a part of grammar I have been used to using until now but now I realize that I didn´t understand it correctly and have to ask my teacher to explain me more?

    EDIT:

    Let me give you an example:

    Did I really make a mistake? Oh gosh. I thought this was the only way to say that. I have used this phrase for months and nobody has ever told me that it is not correct English.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    That's fine.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    It's OK but you are much more likely to hear either "I have been writing letters all day" (the person might not have finished writing) or "I was writing letters all day" (they've finished writing).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?


    BHAISAHAB: Is this reaction to my original sentence or to my additional one (I have used this phrase for months ) ? If it wasn´t could you tell me whether my second sentence is possible as well?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Dominik92; 23-Feb-2016 at 00:18.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    I'm not sure if Piscean meant "It's unnatural". I find your sentences unnatural.
    Both: "I have written letters all day" and "I have used it for a few months."
    emsr2d2's sentences are correct, common and natural.

    You've been using the wrong grammar until now.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm not sure if Piscean meant "It's unnatural".
    I did.

    I have now corrected my blunder.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik92 View Post
    I know that there is the preference of using "present perfect continuous" but I am trying to find out some context where this sentence will fit. My teacher says it is rarely used.
    Simply having completed the letters and speaking as you licked the last envelope and looked forward to dinner would make it a less unnatural sentence, though still not a winner. Your teacher has a point.

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    Re: How do you feel about "I have written letters all day" in this context?

    "I have written letters/articles etcetera all my life" works better than "I have been writing..." IMO.
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