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    Lightbulb To be in simple past / presnt perfect / present perfect continuous

    According to the following sentences:
    1) Actually I was here for two months about nine years ago.
    2) You were here for two months
    3) Sorry I'm late! Have you been here for very long?


    Why we don't use " to be " in the present perfect continuous rather than simple past or present perfect?
    Last edited by proma; 13-Jul-2016 at 13:52.

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    Re: To be in simple past / presnt perfect / present perfect continuous

    Do you mean something like 'Have you been waiting here for a very long time?'
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: To be in simple past / presnt perfect / present perfect continuous

    I mean Why we don't say for exemple Sorry I'm late! Have you been being here for very long?

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    Re: To be in simple past / presnt perfect / present perfect continuous

    'Be' is used in the progressive form only when it means 'behaving' - John is being very naughty at the moment.

    Even with that meaning, we avoid clunky forms like John has been being very naught recently. ​ That's possible, but most native speakers would use the non-progressive form.

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